Solved Need Advice on Server Cabinets

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February 7, 2012 at 16:49:48
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I work in a public library (hence the word budget is my mantra).

We will be purchasing 2 Dell PowerEdge r710 servers (with the cool rails that Dell has).

I am looking for a small server cabinet to store these. Would prefer something enclosed, not an open rack, locks preferred, but budget is essential.

Can anyone help with some suggestions?

Thanks,

Chad


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#1
February 7, 2012 at 19:01:32
For some reason they just are not that cheap as you'd think.

I guess you could gamble on a used part from some place.

The servers ought to have a switch inside to tell it has been tampered with but check the documentation on that to be sure.

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#2
February 8, 2012 at 01:30:15
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As jefro says, new server cabinets tend to be fairly expensive. eBay is a good place to look - there are usually loads on there at reasonable prices. Only problem is, they are often collect only so you may need to find one near to you.

There's not really a lot to go wrong with a server cabinet, is there? They are basically just a steel cabinet with possibly some power distribution modules. I'd have no hesitation in buying a second-hand one (particularly if you collect and can check the condition before paying for it).


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#3
February 8, 2012 at 07:47:39
Thanks for your input guys.

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#4
February 8, 2012 at 12:47:15
Oh, I meant gamble that what you have fits the cabinet. They don't break as such that I have seen but since you said something that suggested some rail or attachment you may need to purchase some gizmo or make some bracket. If you can get the ell shaped bottom bracket you can just about put in any system that is less wide.

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#5
February 8, 2012 at 14:29:30
Most server cabinets are pretty standard when it comes to the basic mounting points, aren't they? The rails differ, but the bolt holes will be standard spacing. I've certainly never had any problems puting Dells and Apple XServes into an IBM cabinet.

But, to be on the safe side, a second-hand Dell cabinet might make most sense.


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#6
February 8, 2012 at 23:20:50
Just one further thought. Check the depth of the cabinet against the server. I remember that we had one server - can't remember which - that was longer than usual which meant the back door had to be left ajar. This was in a secure server room, so it didn't matter.

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