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    Look at those network cables just dangling down in the middle at the back... how can you live with yourself :P

    Top tip: just tidy them up with the twist tags for now, because no matter how final you think your arrangement is, you'll need to change something a day after you make that call.

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    Why oh why are you putting sockets at the front of the cabinet, put it at the back. I would also mount your switch at the back to and then you will not need to run loads of cables from the front.

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    Yeah it does seem like madness putting sockets at the front....being that all the power is coming out of the backs of devices!

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    Excellent advice, thanks. Hadn't even thought of that and was wondering how I would close the door with those plugged in

    I think I prefer the switch at the front though. More flashy lights the better

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    I think switches are best at the front anyway, because you need to be able to see the status lights. And they look cool

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    I would drop the switch down a u and have the cables going over the top it will look neater. I would also take all the cable to a point at the back of the rack and Velcro them together. The other Idea is take the cable management bar off and put a bar form back to front of rack to fix the cables to.
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    When i re-did my server racks over easter (2 racks - 1 servers & 1 comms) i made a patch loom. 24 port patch panel each end 6m cables between them then mounted one at the top of the server rack at the back then the other at the front of the comms rack just below the switch. Now i only need 1m patch cables to go from the loom to the server/switch! saves running loads of cables from front to back!!

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    +iSCSI SAN
    -Local HDDs
    +USB or SD cards for Host hypervisors
    = win, especially if you ever go down the route of vmotion or whatever the hyperv equivilant to that is (if it even has one yet).

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    On a full sized 42u rack i've found what works for me is having the switch at the back but not at the top of the rack. So only a few levels up from where the servers would be mounted. that way you can get away with mostly using 1m cables..the 2m for stuff that needs to be networked toward the bottom and still route them correctly. on a small 22u rack you should be alright mounting the switch at the very top.

    having switches at the front never really worked for me. it wasn't a great effort to walk a metre or so to have a look at the back - assuming you've got the space to look at what's going on round the back!!!! the number of places i've been into where there's barely the room to squeeze your head between the back of the rack and the wall.



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