Archive for November, 2010

  1. Aisle Arrangement: What is Aisle Pitch?
    In any data center, aisle arrangement is an important necessity to assist with data center cooling and air flow. “There are many factors that go into the design of data center space,” says Data Center professional, Vincent Fava. “Aisle pitch is...
  2. What is a button mount?
    IT professionals in Data Centers are looking for more tool-less options for speeding up the mounting process. Button mounts have become more and more common on server racks by several well-known manufacturers. Button mounts serve as a tool-less metho...
  3. What is a white box server?
    A white box server refers to customized servers that are either home built, or built by white box suppliers called ODMs (Original Design Manufacturers) such as Supermicro.  The term white box simply means that the equipment is unbranded or generic. ...
  4. What is the Data Center Tier System?
    Rating Data Centers: Uptime Institute’s Data Center Tier Classification System What is the Tier System? The Tier Classification System refers to a benchmarking system from Uptime Institute to determine the availability, or uptime, of a data center...
  5. What is OCP? (Open Compute Project)
    What is the Open Compute Project The Open Compute Project started in 2011 and stems from Facebook’s initiative to improve energy efficiency, reduce hardware costs, and speed up deployment, by developing their own custom servers, power supplies, ser...
  6. Open Frame Wall Mount Project
    Courtesy of Steve M. I have wanted to install network wiring throughout the house. A co-worker recommended an open frame wall mount rack for keeping equipment elevated, organized, and out-of-the-way. I was directed toward a few networking equipment ...
  7. 2 Post Rack TV Stand
    There are many ways to utilize 2 post racks. This customer demonstrates that it can even be used as a TV stand. (Photos and article courtesy of Casey H.) By using a common 2-post relay rack, adjustable shelves, and the lowest profile TV wall mount...
  8. Ask Katrina- 19″ Rack & U Space
    In this segment of Ask Katrina, she answers FAQ about 19″ racks: Question 1: What is a “U space”? A “U” or “RU” is a unit of measurement that is commonly referred to when discussing rack-mounting equipment. A “U space” is 1.75 ...
  9. Server Rack Enclosure Features
    Below is the display of the features for a 4 Post enclosed server rack: Every rack manufacturer has different features for their server racks. The rack shown in this video can be found at RackSolutions. +Katrina ...
  10. 4 Post Rack Assembly
    Below is the assembly of a 4 Post open frame server rack: The rack shown in this video can be found at RackSolutions. +Katrina ...
  11. Tool-less shelf Install
    Here is the installation of a tool-less sliding shelf into a 4Post square hole rack: The shelf used for this install can be found at RackSolutions. +Katrina ...
  12. Ask Katrina- 2Post Universal Rails
    In this segment of Ask Katrina, she answers FAQ about 2Post Universal Rails: Question 1: I ordered the 3UKIT-009 and I received 2 boxes. I don’t understand what the box with the black pieces is for? Answer: Here is our 3UKIT-009. The black pieces ...
  13. Cage nut Installation
    Here is the installation of a cage nut into a square hole rack: For more info about cage nuts see Define:Cagenut? The tool used for the installation is the Cage Nut Tool from RackSolutions. ...
  14. Ask Katrina- Adapter Brackets
    In this segment of Ask Katrina, she answers FAQ about Adapter Brackets: Question 1 My rails won’t work in my 4Post rack because the rails are too short. Do you have anything that would allow them to work? Answer: For demonstration we have a 2UBRK-...
  15. Dell Optiplex 790 SFF and Optiplex 9010 SFF Wall Mount
    Server-Racks was asked if there are any wall mounting options for the Dell Optiplex 790 SFF and Optiplex 9010 SFF? Rack Solutions has wall mount products for this purpose. The part numbers are 104-2324 (for tilting monitor) and 104-2323 (for fixed ...
  16. Ask Katrina-Reducer Brackets,2POST-2UKIT,Sliding Keyboard and Dell R720 Rails
    We have a NEW way of answering some FAQ. Below is a segment called Ask Katrina: Question: I have a 2 post rack and we are trying to install a UPS that already has the ears to attach to the rack. The problem that I have is this 2 post rack is 23̸...
  17. What To Consider When Purchasing Data Center Racks & Cabinets
    Rack Solutions is often asked by our customers, from small office IT departments to large data centers, what they should consider when purchasing racks and cabinets. Katrina sat down with Rodger Baldwin, Executive Account Manager at Rack Solutions ...
  18. Rack Solutions 16U Office Cabinet featured in Processor magazine
    Rack Solutions latest server rack product, the 16U Office Cabinet, is featured in the latest issue of Processor magazine as one of the featured products.  Below is the excerpt from the magazine: “Small businesses and branch offices with in-house I...
  19. The Processor talks about Rack Solutions – Innovation meets Design
    Texas-based manufacturer Rack Solutions has once again come up with an innovative rack design that will undoubtedly have an influence on the infrastructure of data centers. The company recently released what may be its most auspicious rack to date. T...
  20. Not all racks were created equal
    What is “Standard”? In days past we had standards on a lot of items.  If you wore a size 9 shoe, you bought a size 9 shoe.  Not all size 9’s are the same anymore.  We get the same thing in the Rack Solutions industry as well. When dealing wi...
  21. Startup Ajubeo Focuses On Building CIO-Centric Cloud
    Chuck Price knows what it feels like to be a CIO, and he has conversed with numerous other chief information officers about the topic of cloud computing. So, when Price set out to begin his own cloud computing operation, his focus was on making his I...
  22. SingleHop Opens Facility in Arizona
    SingleHop, a prominent data center service supplier, has decided to open a new data center in Phoenix, Arizona.  The planned data center will be managed by IO.  IO is one of the foremost givers of cutting-edge modular facility technology and servic...
  23. Secure a Single Server in a Shared Rack
    If you have sensitive data on a server that needs restricted access, one option is a Secure Server Unit. The Secure Server Unit, or SSU for short, allows you to lock a 1U or 2U server within a rack, preventing access to anyone who doesn’t have a ke...
  24. Racking Cisco’s UCS C210-M2
    Cisco’s UCS C210-M2 is available with 2 different tool-less slide rails. Both are 1U rails that will mount in 2 post or 4 post server racks, but in some cases, additional mounting hardware is required. See details in this article for more ...
  25. Universal Rails may be the answer
    What do you do when you need OEM replacement rails for your server or rackmount equipment, and they are no longer available? Or what happens when your OEM rails don”t fit in your new rack? In many cases, your best option is to purchase a set of...
  26. 2Post Conversion Kits
    Problem You have a room full of 2Post Relay Racks, a bunch of servers, and boxes of 4Post Rail Kits. What are you going to do? Solution Convert your 2Post Racks into 4Post Racks using 2Post Conversion Kits. Description on rails that have been attach...
  27. How tall can a server rack be?
    55U, Open Frame Rack Server racks come in many different sizes. Some are as short as a or more are in use, that translates into lots of extra equipment space. 50U Open Frame Racks may be bayed together with two, 55U Racks, for example. All four serve...
  28. HP DL580 G7 Rail Kit
    HP DL580 G7 [racking options] The HP part number for the DL580 G7 slide rail kit is 374503-001. This is the P/N that you will need to order this kit from your HP Sales Rep. Below is a photo of the individual components found in the DL580 G7 rail kit...
  29. Selecting a Wall Mount Rack
    Types of Wall Mount Racks Wall Mount Racks typically come in Open Frame or Cabinet styles.  The Open Frame, Wall Mount Rack is an effective, less expensive, racking option, but it won”t necessarily keep your equipment secure. To discourage equ...
  30. Selecting a Desktop Rack
    Kinds of Desktop Racks Usually, Desktop Racks come in Open Frame or Enclosed styles.  The Open Frame Desktop Rack is a practical, useful, racking solution, but it’s not ideal for keeping your equipment from being tampered with. Add panels to t...
  31. Open Frame Equipment Racks
    Open frame server racks function very similar to Rack Enclosures but without doors or side panels. The benefits of open frame, equipment racks are largely economical. The cost is typically less than half that of a fully enclosed rackmount cabinet. T...
  32. Dell R410 Rail Kit Overview and Installation Options
    The Dell R410 Rail Kit uses the new Ready Rail design.  This design is is compatible with square hole racks as well as clearance hole racks.  Clearance hole racks have a non-threaded, 0.25″ round hole.  The attachment of the rail to the rack...
  33. Dell Static Rails
    Some of the Dell 11g servers have a static rail available for installations where the standard Ready Rails are incompatible or for use in 2Post installations.  This Dell rail kit is configurable depending upon what type of rack is used.  Section A ...
  34. Open Frame Racks
    RackSolutions utilizes open frame racks for its own internal use.  In fact, they happen to be the racks RackSolutions designs and manufactures at its facility, P/N: RACK-111.  In the photo you can see we have a pair of flushmount monitors, P/N: 7U...
  35. Rackmount Drawers and Boxes
    Why would you want to put drawers or boxes in your server rack?  Like most IT Staff there is a ton of stuff that usually gets left sitting on top of the equipment.  Software, manuals, test equipment, the list is endless.  What rack drawers and ...
  36. Mounting Cisco UCS Slide Rails in a Threaded Hole Rack
    The slide rail kits for the Cisco UCS equipment are not compatible with threaded hole racks.  However, if you are in a situation where you have to use this type of rack, there is a solution. The solution is RackSolution”s Adapter Brackets. ...
  37. Mounting Cisco UCS Slide Rails in a 2Post Rack
    The Slide Rail Kits for Cisco”s line of Unified Computing Systems (UCS) are compatible with RackSolutions 2Post Conversion Kits.  These Conversion Kits allow the use of standard 4Post Rails in 2Post Racks.  These kits have a set of 4 suppo...
  38. Cisco’s Slide Rail Kit for UCS C200, C210, & C250
    Cisco’s line of Unified Computing Systems (UCS) are available with a tool-less slide rail. This rail kit is compatible with two different types of tool-less mounting interfaces: 3/8″ Square Hole and 1/4″ Round Hole racks. The mec...
  39. How to install Dell Ready Rails into a threaded hole rack
    The Dell Ready Rails, that are larger than 1U, can be installed into a threaded hole rack using RackSolutions Adapter Brackets.  Photo #1 shows the Ready Rail Mounting Mechanism that is used on the Dell 11G servers.  This mechanism has two large...
  40. Dell’s Ready Rail for 11G Servers
    Dell has introduced a new design for their 11G Servers. This rail kit is like no other before. The first thing that you will notice is that the rails themselves no longer attach to the rear mounting surface of the rack post but now wrap around and...
  41. Flushmount an LCD monitor in a rack
    There are several options available for installing a Flatscreen Display into a Server Rack.  The simplest and most economical method is to use a Flushmount Bracket.  This product will allow Flatscreens as large as 20″ to be installed into a S...
  42. How to Rackmount a Dell Precision Workstation – T3400, T5400, & T7400
    The Dell Precision Workstations can be rackmounted using several methods.  The T3400 and the T5400 can use a Tower to Rack Conversion Kit.  This kit allows the Workstations to be installed into most types of Server Racks.  This kit is not compatib...
  43. Dell R900 Rack to Tower Conversion Kit
    Dell manufactures rackmount servers and tower servers.  Some of these servers have conversion kits that allow them to be utilized in both configurations, however the R900 is not one of them.  The Dell R900 does not have a Rack to Tower Conversion K...
  44. Dell Rail Ears
    The current Dell Rail Kit design is compatible with both square hole Server Racks as well as round hole Server Racks.  This innovative design is the first production Rail Kit that has this unique feature.  The ends of the Dell Rail have a rotating ...
  45. Rackmount a Dell PowerEdge T300
    The Dell PE T300 is one of Dell’s new Tower Server’s.  Technically the T300 is not a Rackmountable Server but that does not stop people from attempting to install it in a Server Rack. The T300 has a physical height of 17.94″ which...
  46. Low Profile Power Cords
    The latest generation of servers just keep getting deeper and deeper.  This can cause obstruction issues with the Cable Management Arms and the Power Distribution Units at the back of the Server Rack.  The following photo shows a Dell PE1950 instal...
  47. Apple Xserve Rail Kit
     The Apple Xserve is a well engineered server.  The rail kit used to install the Xserve is a remarkably simple design.  The current rail kit designs from other manufacturer’s like: Dell, HP, & IBM are more complicated and offer full sl...
  48. How to install HP Rails in a Threaded Hole Server Rack
    Answer: Unscrew the pegs in the mounting flange and use screws.   The HP Engineering Staff responsible for the design of HP Rail Kits definitely follows the “Don’t over Engineer it” philosophy. The HP Rail Kits are simple and ...
  49. Dell PE2950 Rails installed in a C Shaped Upright Rack
    The Dell Rapid/Versa Rails can be installed into a square or a round hole Server Rack. This is accomplished by a rotating assembly on the ends of the rails with square hooks on one side and threaded pim nuts on the other side. This is a very unique...
  50. Dell LED Control Panels
    There are several current generation Dell Servers that have an LED Control Panel. These Control Panels can have a large ribbon cable that must be re-routed when converting the servers between a rackmount and a tower configuration. There is an issue t...
  51. Dell R200 Fixed Rails
    Dell R200 Fixed Rail [more options] The Dell R200 can be quickly installed into any type of Server Rack utilizing a set of 1U Fixed Rails as an alternative to the Dell Rail Kit. The Fixed Rail is a generic product that allows multiple different type...
  52. Dell PE2900 – Tower to Rack Conversion Kit – Rackmount Options
    The PE2900 Tower to Rack Conversion Kit is now sold in two separate kits. The Rackmount Faceplate and Bezel are in one kit (SKU:330-0906) and the rails are sold as a separate kit (310-8207). Your Dell Account Rep. can order these products for you, ...
  53. Installing APC Powerstrips in a Dell 4210 Server Rack
    If you purchase a Dell 4210 Server Rack it is designed to have Dell Powerstrips installed.  Likewise if you purchase an APC Server Rack it is designed to have APC Powerstrips installed.  The APC Powerstrips are designed to install into a KeyHole cu...
  54. How to Install IBM Slide Rails into a Threaded Hole Server Rack
    Quick & Simple Answer: Lock the Bullet Pegs back and use screws. The IBM Slide Rails use a complicated locking Mechanism commonly referred to as Bullet Pegs. This mechanism allows the IBM Slide Rails to be quickly installed in an IBM Server Rac...
  55. Are IBM Rail Kits Interchangeable between Server Models?
    IBM is one of the few manufacturer’s that is slow to change it’s Rail Kit design and uses the same rail kit across multiple Server Lines.  This has several advantages over other Manufacturer’s Rail Kits.  The most advantageous for...
  56. HP Server Chassis have gotten wide!
    The new HP Server Chassis have increased in width to the point that some of the models are no longer able to provide slide rails.  The manufacturer’s like HP, Dell, and IBM have shoved about as much electronics as they possible can into the 1U...
  57. Are Dell Rail Kits interchangeable between servers?
    Some Dell Rail Kits are interchangeable between server models and some are not. The 1U Servers usually share a common rail kit more than the larger servers. Additionally these are the entry level 1U Servers. Dell probably does this to reduce the c...
  58. Dell PowerEdge Server Power Requirements
    Question: I have several Dell PE2950 Servers and several 20A Powerstrips, my facility provides 120VAC.  How many PE2950’s can I plug into the 20A Powerstrip without tripping the breaker? Answer: The Dell PE2950 has a manufacturer’s ratin...
  59. Dell 4210 Server Rack
    Question: I”m considering purchasing a Dell 4210 Server Rack.  What is the installation depth of the Dell 4210 Server Rack and is this depth adjustable? Answer: The Dell 4210 Server Rack is set at the Dell Standard Depth of 28 7/8″.  T...
  60. PE1950 Cable Management Arm Clearance
    Question: I have a Dell PE1950 and I need to know what the clearance is between the back of the chassis and the Cable Management Arm? Answer: The CMA can lay flush against the back of the chassis depending on the type of cables present.  With the CM...
  61. Dell PE1955 Blade Server
    Question: I have a Dell PE1955 Blade Server but I don’t have a Dell Rack.  Will the chassis fit into my 3rd Party Rack? Answer: The Dell PE1955 Blade Server has a very simple Static Rail Kit that will fit into most Server Racks that provide 29...
  62. Dell Documentation
    Question: I have numerous Dell PowerEdge Servers that I”m trying to find the manuals for.  Does Dell have the manuals online? Answer: Dell has a complete online library for all of their documents and manuals.  To view Dell”s online docu...
  63. HP ProLiant DL360 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) HP DL360 Quick Rail Kit HP DL360 Fixed Rail Kit Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) HP DL360 Quick Rail Kit (2Post) HP DL360 Fixed Rail Kit (2Post) Server Information HP DL360 G5 Quick Specs HP DL360 G5 Documentation ...
  64. HP ProLiant DL360 Quick Specs
    DL360 Server Information Height 1.70″ Width 16.78″ Depth 27.75″ Weight 37lbs Wattage 854W Voltage 90-132 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 2916 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noise Emissions 6.4 bel...
  65. HP DL360 Fixed Rail (Relay Rack Kit)
      The DL360 from HP can be installed into any 2Post Relay Rack This Rail Kit does not require the HP Quick Rail Kit Compatible with any size Relay Rack Provides 1U Rack Mount Space The 1U Fixed Rail is a generic product that will allow the ...
  66. HP ProLiant DL360 Quick Rail Kit (2Post Relay Rack)
    HP DL360 installed in a 2Post Relay Rack HP Quick Rail Kit is required Compatible with 3″ Upright Relay Racks The Conversion Kit will mount 2 DL360’s 2Post Conversion Kits are available in a variety of sizes ranging from 2U to 7U.  T...
  67. HP ProLiant DL 360 Fixed Rail Kit
      Economically mounts the HP DL360 into any rack Does not require HP Rail Kit Compatible with any Standard 19″ Server Rack Cable Management Crossbar included Fixed Rail Tech Specs Equipment Depth The Rack Rails support flange is 23 ...
  68. HP ProLiant DL 360 Quick Rails
    HP DL360 4Post Installation Options. The DL360 is one of HPs most popular 1U Rackmount Servers. This server is best suited for the entry level small business client that is not looking to purchase equipment that will run multiple enterprise applicat...
  69. HP ProLiant DL320 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) HP DL320 Universal Rail Kit HP DL320 3rd Party Rail Kit Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) HP DL320 3rd Party Rail Kit (2Post) Server Information HP DL320 Quick Specs HP DL320 Documentation ...
  70. HP ProLiant DL320 G5p 3rd Party Rail Kit – 2Post Relay Racks
    Install a DL320 G5p into a 2Post Relay Rack HP Universal Rail Kit is not required Works with any 19″ Relay Rack that has 3″ uprights Cable Management Features allow for clean installation DL320 G5p 3rd Party Rail Kit Tech Specs –...
  71. HP ProLiant DL320 G5p 3rd Party Rail Kit – 4Post Racks
    Install a DL320 G5p into any type of Server Rack HP Universal Rail Kit is not required Works with any Standard 19″ Computer Rack or Cabinet Cable Management Crossbar is included DL320 G5p 3rd Party Rail Kit Tech Specs Equipment Depth The R...
  72. HP ProLiant DL 320 Quick Rails
    HP DL320 4Post Installation Options. The DL320 is a 1U Rackmount Server. This server is best suited for the entry level small business client that is not looking to purchase equipment that will run multiple enterprise applications. This server is i...
  73. HP ProLiant DL320G5p Quick Specs
    DL320 Server Information Height 1.70″ Width 17.64″ Depth 28.85″ Weight min 26lbs max 33.50lbs Wattage 486W @ 100VAC 479W @ 200VAC Voltage 90-132 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 1836 BTU/hr @ 100VAC 1706 BTU/hr @ 200VAC ...
  74. HP Proliant DL180 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) HP DL180 Quick Rail Kit HP DL180 3rd Party Rail Kit Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) HP DL180 Quick Rail Kit (2Post) HP DL180 3rd Party Rail Kit (2Post) Server Information HP DL180 Quick Specs HP DL180 Documentatio...
  75. DL 180 3rd Party Rail Kit
    Install a DL180 into any type of Server Rack HP Quick Rail Kit is not required Works with any Standard 19″ Computer Rack or Cabinet Rail Kit is specifically designed for the DL180 3rd Party Rail Kit Tech Specs 4Post Racks Compatible with 1...
  76. HP ProLiant DL180 Quick Specs
    DL180 Server Information Height 3.44″ Width 17.63″ Depth 27.50″ Weight 44.09lbs Wattage 750W Voltage 90-264 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 1337.4 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noise Emissions 6....
  77. HP Proliant DL380 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) HP DL380 Quick Rail Kit HP DL380 Fixed Rail Kit Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) HP DL380 Quick Rail Kit (2Post) HP DL380 Fixed Rail Kit (2Post) Server Information HP DL380 G5 Quick Specs HP DL380 G5 Documentation ...
  78. HP ProLiant DL145 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) HP DL145 Quick Rail Kit HP DL145 Fixed Rail Kit Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) HP DL145 Quick Rail Kit (2Post) HP DL145 Fixed Rail Kit (2Post) Server Information HP DL145 Quick Specs HP’s DL145 Documentat...
  79. Why All Racks Are Not Created Equal
    Standard Rack? When dealing with server rack technical support, you hear the term “standard rack” every day. A customer will say “I don’t know why my server won’t fit. I have a standard 19″ rack”. The probl...
  80. HP DL380 Fixed Rail (2Post Relay Rack)
    Install the HP DL380 into a Relay Rack (2Post) Does not require the HP DL380 Quick Rail Kit Compatible with 3″ Upright Relay Racks Provides 2U Rackmount Space The HP DL380 can be installed in a Relay Rack without having to purchase the HP D...
  81. HP DL380 Quick Rail Kit (2Post Relay Rack)
    Install the HP DL380 into a Relay Rack (2Post) Requires HP DL380 Quick Rail Kit to work Compatible with 3″ Upright Relay Racks Provides 2U Rackmount Space Relay Rack Conversion Kits give you the ability to use the HP Quick Rails in a Relay ...
  82. HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Quick Specs
    DL380 G5 Server Information Height 3.38″ Width 17.54″ Depth 26.01″ Weight 60lbs Wattage 850W Voltage 90-264 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 3530 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noise Emissions 6.1 ...
  83. Dell 1950 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) 9 ways to rackmount a Dell 1950 Dell Rapid Rail Kit 1950 Slide Rail (2 options) Fixed Rail (3 options) 1950 Rail Ear Replacement Kit (1 option) Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) Dell 1950 Static Rail Fixed Rail Serve...
  84. HP ProLiant DL145 Quick Rails
    HP DL145 4Post Installation Options. The DL145 is one of HP’s 1U Rackmount Servers. The HP DL145 Quick Rails are adaptable to a wide range of Server Racks on the market today. The DL145 Quick Rail Kit is compatible with both round and square ...
  85. DL 145 Fixed Rail
    Easily rackmounts the HP DL145 into any rack HP Rail Kit is not required Works with any Standard 19″ Computer Rack Cabling Crossbar is included Fixed Rail Tech Specs Equipment Depth The Rack Rails support flange is 23 1/2″ (597mm) l...
  86. HP DL145 Quick Rail Kit (2Post Relay Rack)
    Quickly Rackmount the HP DL145 into a 2Post Relay Rack Requires HP Quick Rail Kit Compatible with 3″ Upright Relay Racks Provides 2U Rackmount Space The 2Post Conversion Kit provides 2U of Rack Space that will allow you to use the HP Quick ...
  87. HP DL145 Fixed Rail (Relay Rack Kit)
      Install the HP DL145 into a 2Post Relay Rack Does Not Require HP Quick Rail Kit Compatible with any size Relay Rack Provides 1U Rackmount Space The HP DL145 can be installed in a 2Post Relay Rack using the 1U Fixed 2Post Rail Kit. This F...
  88. DL 380 Fixed Rail
    Install a DL380 into any type of Server Rack HP Quick Rail Kit is not required Works with any Standard 19″ Computer Rack or Cabinet Cable Management Crossbar is included Fixed Rail Tech Specs Equipment Depth The Rack Rails support flange i...
  89. HP ProLiant DL380 Quick Rails
    HP DL380 4Post Installation Options. The DL380 is one of HP’s most popular servers. The Quick Rail Kit that HP has designed for the DL380 has gone through multiple revisions and improvements. The current Quick Rail Kit is a simple design that...
  90. Dell 1950 Rail Ears
    Dell 1950 Rail Ear Kit [more options] The new Dell 1950 Slide Rail Kit has combined all the previous generation rail kits into a very versatile and unique design. This new 1950 Slide Rail Kit has the unique ability to mount into a square or a round ...
  91. Dell 1950 Fixed Rails
    Dell 1950 Fixed Rail [more options] The Dell 1950 can be rackmounted using several different methods. Utilizing a set of 1U Fixed Rails as an alternative to the Dell OEM Slide Rail Kit is a versatile option if the Dell OEM Slide Rail Kit is unable t...
  92. Rack Mounting IBM x3650
    I often get the question of “My IBM Rail Kit will not work in my rack. What are my options for rack mounting my IBM x3650 server into a third party rack”. The answer here is not necessarily a hard one but can be a confusing one. You have ...
  93. Wall Mount Server Racks
    When space is limited and a standard server rack is simply out of the question, wall mount racks can be a good option. Instead of taking up valuable floor space for 1 or 2 servers you can place the units on the wall or even under a desk or table. Th...
  94. Installing a Dell PE750 into a non Dell rack
    The Dell PE750 rails that are provided from Dell are not always compatible with third party racks. One option available is a. The unique design allows for installation into 4Post and 2Post racks with round or square holes. If your rack depth is set a...
  95. OptiPlex All-In-One
    Situation: I have a Dell OptiPlex PC and I want to attach the monitor in an All-in-One setup. Solution: The Dell OptiPlex comes in four different sizes; the UltraSmall Form Factor (USFF), the Small Form Factor (SFF), the Desktop, and the MiniTower ...
  96. When OEM rail kits are no longer available
    It’s time to install your server and come to find out someone has tossed the rail kits. After hours, days, or even weeks of searching you find out that the OEM rail kits are no longer available. At this point, frustration sets in and you are afrai...
  97. Sliding Shelves For Desktop PC
    Rack Mount a PC Horizontal Most desktop PC’s are not designed to be converted into a rackmount server. Sliding rail kits are simply not an option due to the design of the chassis. In most cases the PC can be placed on it’s side on a shelf...
  98. Welcome to Server-Racks.com
    Not all racks are created equal . . . and not all servers will fit in all racks (why?) Dell, HP and IBM server mounting help Rack terminology Solutions to common racking problems Navigation Options: Search, Categories, or Popular Posts ...
  99. Cabinet Door Latches and Keys
    If you purchase a group of Server Cabinets from some of the Major Manufacturer’s be prepared for the possibility that all the Latches will be keyed exactly the same.  When you attempt to get the Latches re-keyed you will quickly find out how d...
  100. What is a Versa Rail
    Question: “What is a Dell Versa Rail” Answer: The Dell Versa Rail was originally designed by Dell to be the fix all rail kits to work in all racks that do not support the Dell Rapid Rail kit. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The Dell...
  101. Installing a Dell PE2950 in a 2Post Relay Rack
    Question I have a Dell PE2950 that I want to install in a 2Post Relay Rack. What do I need? Answer Unlike some other models, Dell does not make a 2Post Rail Kit for the PE2950. However this does not mean that the PE2950 cannot be installed in a 2Po...
  102. Using PE2850 Rails with a PE2950
    Question I have several PE2850s that I’m upgrading to PE2950s. Can I keep my existing Rails Kits or do I have to purchase new rail kits? Answer The PE2850 Rail Kit will not work on the PE2950 you must purchase new Rail Kits for the PE2950. The ...
  103. Define: VESA Monitor Mount
    What is VESA? VESA is an acronym for Video Electronics Standards Association. The current documentation can be purchased through the VESA organization. Overview Monitor and Video Display manufacturers produce their products to meet an industry stand...
  104. Dell 2950, 2970 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) 11 ways to rackmount a Dell 2950 Dell Rapid Rail Kit 2950 Slide Rail (2 options) 2950 Fixed Rail (1 options) Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) Dell 2950 Relay Rack Kit (3 options) Server Information Tech Specs ̵...
  105. Define: Rack Hole Types
    Overview The hole types for racks have changed over time and varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and from application to application. Rack hole type is referenced in the EIA-310 rack specification. However, there is no one hole type that is con...
  106. Define: Rack Upright Shape
    Most server racks have 4 vertical uprights. These uprights (aka Rack Rails or Mounting Posts) have mounting holes on standard EIA spacing and are used to attach equipment. There are three types of uprights: “L”, “C” and R...
  107. Define: Rack Screws (10-32, 12-24, M6)
    Description Rack screws are used to attach equipment to the vertical uprights of a 19″ rack. Racks do not have a standard thread type. There are three common thread types for rack screws: 10-32, 12-24 and M6. Since the introduction of the s...
  108. Dell PE2950 Third Party Rail Kits
    Dell redesigned the rail kits for the PE2950, adding brackets to the ends which allow installation into round or square hole racks. The brackets actually spin around for both scenarios. Unfortunately, these rails are not compatible with several of th...
  109. Define: Rack Mounting Depth
    Overview Rack mount depth is a commonly confused term. The term is commonly confused with the overall rack depth including the door. The term is defined as the dimension from the front of the front mounting post to the back of the back mounting pos...
  110. Server Rack Adapter Brackets
    Question: My Server Rack has a 27″ mounting depth. The Dell PE1750 Rail Kit has a minimum mounting depth of 28 3/8″. Is it possible to install the PE1750 into my rack? Answer: You will need a set of adapter brackets that will extend th...
  111. Server Racking Information
    Dell Servers 750 1950 2600 2850 2950 R200 R410 R710 HP Servers DL140 DL145 DL180 DL320 DL360 DL380 IBM Servers x3250 x3455 x3550 x3650 x3655 x3755 x3850 ...
  112. Define: EIA-310
    What is EIA EIA stands for the Electronic Industries Association. The current revision is EIA-310-D. The EIA-310 document is available for purchase at the IHS website. Overview EIA-310 is a specification for what is often called the “standard r...
  113. Define: Big 3
    Definition In terms of servers and racks, the Big 3 refers to Dell, HP and IBM. These three OEM’s define the future trends in server form, fit and function. Their advances in terms of racks and rail designs have also changed the landscape of r...
  114. Define: Fixed Rails
    Description Fixed rails can most easily described as not a sliding rail or telescoping rails. Telescopic sliding rail kits provide the functionality of a drawer, more or less. The server can be pulled out of the rack and serviced without discon...
  115. Dell Rapid Rail
    Question: “What is a Dell Rapid Rail” Answer: A Dell Rapid Rail is a Dell OEM Specific rail kit. This rail kit is designed to be installed into a Square Hole 4Post Rack or Enclosure. What makes this rail unique is that this rail has hooks...
  116. Cable Management Arms
    Define: Compare the Dell, HP, & IBM Cable Management Arms (CMA). Description: The Dell CMA uses a basket that has been around for some time. This design allows the installer to shove all the cables in and be done. The bad thing is when one of t...
  117. Define: Rack Unit “U” or “RU”
    Definition The hole spacing for standard 19″ racks on the mounting flange is spaced in groups of three holes. This three hole group is defined as a Rack Unit (RU) or sometimes just call a “U”. 1U occupies 1.75″ (44.45 mm) of ...
  118. 2Post Relay Racks
    [aka 2Post racks, Telco racks] Relay Racks are the least expensive of the server racks. Relay racks only have two uprights to support the equipment instead of the four uprights that other rackmount cabinets have. 90% of all relay racks are made from...
  119. IBM Rails in Square Hole Racks
    We often times get a lot of questions pertaining to the IBM Rail Kits working in Square Hole 4Post racks. Most times the question relates to the IBM x345, x346, x365 and the x366. The IBM OEM Rail Kits will usually work well in most cases. The confu...
  120. Installing a Tower Server into a Server Rack
    Question: I have a Tower Server that I want to install in a Server Rack. I do not have a Tower to Rack Conversion Kit. What are my options? Answer: There are several options available depending upon the dimensions and weight of the Tower Server. I...
  121. Rackmounting a UPS
    Question: I have a large UPS that weighs over 250lbs that I’m installing in a Server Rack. Is there a Rackmount Shelf that can support it? Answer: A large heavy UPS can easily be installed in a Server Rack using a Heavy Duty Fixed Shelf. This...
  122. Define: Rack Types
    Description: The following is a list of the various types of 19″ Racks available: Server Racks (aka cabinet racks, equipment racks, 4Post racks) Open Frame racks (aka 4post racks) 2Post (aka Relay racks, Telco racks) Transport racks Portable r...
  123. Server Racks
    Server Racks (aka rack cabinets, rack enclosures, equipment racks) Server racks typically have front and rear doors that are perforated or solid. The fully enclosed server rack mount cabinet is the most expensive rack type due to the amount of ...
  124. Define: Shoulder Screws & Nuts
    Description: Shoulder Screws & Nuts are a piece of hardware that Dell typically uses to attach the slide rail kits to the chassis. The shoulder of the hardware drops into a notch on the inner tract of the slide rail assembly. This makes the ins...
  125. Rack Cabinet
    The term Rack Cabinet refers to a 19″ computer or server rack. There are a large variety of racks available including fully enclosed racks, open frame racks (no doors or sides), 2post racks, and transport racks. Each of these rack types has its...
  126. Dell Poweredge 1950 & 2950 Rack Rails
    Question: Why won’t my PE1950 or PE2950 Sliding Rails fit into my Standard Server Rack? Answer: Dell has two different Rail Kits for the PE1950 & PE2950. The main Slide Rail is configurable for both square hole server racks as well as roun...
  127. Define: Filler Panels or Blanking Panel
    Description A filler panel is a flat piece of metal that matches the Rack Unit (1.75″) of a Server Rack. Typical sizes range from 1 – 8 Rack Units. Filler panels are used to close the openings that are not being used in a Server Rack. Th...
  128. Define: 19″ Rack
    Description: The funny thing is . . . Nothing on a 19″ Rack measures 19 inches. The term 19 inch comes from the width of the front panel of the boxes that are installed in the rack (see the image below). To determine if your rack is a 19̸...
  129. Server Rack Fan Kits
    Question: I have a Fully Enclosed Server Rack. How do know if I need a cooling fan? Answer: If the Server Rack doors are perforated with holes then you probably don’t need a cooling fan. There are two factors that you need to determine. The ...
  130. Power Cables for Servers
    Overview In the US, the most common type of power cables have an IEC connector that plugs into the server and a NEMA connector that plugs into the power source. IEC is an acronym for International Electrotechnical Commission. IEC C13 & C14 Conne...
  131. Define: Tower to Rack Conversion Kits
    Description: A Tower to Rack Conversion Kit is a product that is used to convert a Tower Server into a Rackmount Server. This Kit typically contains a set of slide rails and a replacement front faceplate and bezel. The differences between the facep...
  132. Dell PE2600 Tower to Rack Conversion Kit
    Question: I have a Dell PE2600 legacy server and I’m looking for a Tower to Rack Conversion kit. I believe that the Dell P/N is 310-2798, however I am having trouble locating this rail kit. Answer: The Dell PE2600 Tower to Rack Conversion K...
  133. Apple XServe – Rackmount Options
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) Overview of rackmounting an Apple Xserve Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) Overview of rackmounting an Apple X serve Server Information Tech Specs – Size, Weight, Power Summary Apple”s Xserve Documentation...
  134. Define: Cagenut?
    One of the biggest questions we get is “What is a Cage Nut?” Allow me to help out with this issue. A Cage Nut is used on a rack that has square mounting holes. You would use a cage nut when you need to mount a product in your rack that re...
  135. 2Post Rack Safety
    Had an Interesting question today about 2Post Rack Safety. My customer had a 2Post Rack that he wanted to rack mount some servers into. His Question” Will my 2Post Rack Snap in half if I put 4 good size servers in it? Good Question! 2 Post Rac...
  136. Low Cost Rack Mounting Monitors
    OK…New Issue. Customer wants to mount a Flat Panel Monitor into their enclosure. The biggest issue is they can not spend alot of money. They also do not have a lot of space in their enclosure so they need something compact. The answer is simpl...
  137. Apple Xserve Rail Kit Obstruction
    The Apple Xserve 4Post Rail Kit cannot be used with the 2Post Conversion Kits.  The Rear Rail Bracket of the Apple Xserve causes an obstruction with the Post of the Rack.  The following  photos detail the area of obstruction. There are several ...
  138. Apple Xserve – Technical Specifications
    Apple Xserve Technical Specifications Height 1.73 inches (4.4cm) Width 17.6 inches (44.7cm) Depth 30 inches (76.2) Weight 31.7lbs Wattage 750 W Voltage 100-240 VAC 50Hz to 60Hz Single Phase Heat Dissipation Not Listed Operating Temper...
  139. Dell R200 Relay Rack Kit
    Dell R200 2Post Options [more options] Dell manufactures 2Post Rail Kit for the R200.  This rail kit is compatible with Relay Racks that have an upright from 3″ all the way to 6″.  This Rail Kit is the preferred method to use if it is a...
  140. Dell R200 Tech Specs
    Dell R200 Server Information Height 1.68″ Width 17.6″ Depth 22.7″ Weight 26lb Wattage 345 W Voltage 100-200 VAC, autoranging, 50-60 Hz Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Maximum Inrush Current 25A for 10ms or less De...
  141. How to put the screws in an 059 Bracket
    How do you put a Square Peg in a Round Hole? Use an 059 Bracket. The 059 bracket converts round holes to square holes. It’s one of the simplest but most ingenious products RackSolutions Makes. The most difficult aspect of using an 059 bracket...
  142. Routing the strap through the buckle
    If you have purchased a shelf strap with a plastic buckle and are having trouble routing the strap through the buckle this video shows how to do it. ...
  143. Dell R200 Slide Rail Kits
    Dell R200 4Post Options [more options] The Dell PowerEdge R200 has two Sliding Rail Kits available. These Rail Kits are compatible with either a square hole server rack (Rapid Rail version) or a round non-threaded hole server rack (Versa Rail versi...
  144. Dell R200 Rail Kits
    Dell R200 Rail Kits [more options] The Dell R200 has 5 different Rail Kits. This server does not use the new Universal Rapid/Versa Rail Kit. It has the older style kits that are specific to a certain type of Server Rack. There are two types of rai...
  145. Rackmount Options for a Dell R200
    Dell R200 Installation Overview The Dell R200 is an entry level 1U Rackmount Server. There are several Rail Kits offered by Dell that allow the R200 to be easily installed into numerous types of Server Racks. The available options provide an alternat...
  146. Dell PowerEdge R200
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) 8 ways to rackmount a Dell R200 Dell Rapid Rail Kits R200 Slide Rail (2 options) R200 Fixed Rail (1 option) Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) Dell R200 Relay Rack Kit (2 options) Server Information Tech Specs –...
  147. Installing IBM Rails in an APC Netshelter Server Rack.
    The IBM Slide Rails are designed to be compatible with both round and square holes.  The slide rails have a mechanism that uses a set of spring loaded tapered pegs that extend from the rear of the Rack Uprights through to the front flange of the Sli...
  148. IBM x3755 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3755 Server Information Height 7″ Width 19″ (verify physical dimension) Depth 28″ Weight 65lbs to 95.25lbs Wattage 750W to 1500W Voltage 110 or 220 VAC, 50-60Hz Heat Dissipation 683 to 6598 Btu/hr Operating Temperat...
  149. IBM x3455 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3455 Server Information Height 1.7″ Width 17.3″ Depth 25.3″ or 26″ with bezel Weight about 26.2lbs Wattage 650WW Voltage 115 or 230 VAC, 50-60Hz Heat Dissipation 430 to 1707 Btu/hr Operating Temperature 50F to...
  150. IBM x3850 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3850 Server Information Height 5.05″ Width 17.32″ Depth 28.15″ Weight 70lbs to 85lbs Wattage 650W to 1300W Voltage 110 or 220 VAC, 50-60Hz Heat Dissipation varies with configuration Operating Temperature 50F to 95F ...
  151. IBM x3550 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3550 Server Information Height 1.69″ Width 17.3″ Depth 28″ Weight max 34lbs Wattage 670W Voltage 110 or 220 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 662 to 2390 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noise Emissi...
  152. IBM x3655 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3655 Server Information Height 3.36″ Width 17.5″ Depth 27.48″ Weight 46.5lbs to 64lbs Wattage 835W Voltage 110 or 240 VAC, 50-60Hz Heat Dissipation 1230 to 2840 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical N...
  153. IBM x3250 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3250 Server Information Height 1.75″ Width 17.32″ Depth 22″ Weight max 28lbs Wattage 100W to 300W Voltage 110 or 220 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 341 to 1024 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noi...
  154. Dell 2950 Tech Specs
    2950 Server Information Height 3.4″ Width 17.6″ Depth 29.79″ Weight 59lbs Wattage 750W Voltage 85-264 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 2697 BTU/hr maximum Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Maximum Inrush Current 55A fo...
  155. Dell 1950 Tech Specs
    Dell 1950 Server Information Height 1 5/8″ Width 16 7/8″ Depth 31.5″ Weight 39lb Wattage 670 W Voltage 90-264 VAC, autoranging, 47-63 Hz, 10.0 A (at 90 VAC) Heat Dissipation 2697 BTU/hr (maximum) Operating Temperatur...
  156. HP ProLiant DL145 Quick Specs
    DL145 Server Information Height 1.70″ Width 16.78″ Depth 26.53″ Weight 40lbs Wattage 650W Voltage 115-230 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 2371 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noise Emissions 6.4 be...
  157. HP ProLiant DL145 Quick Rails
    HP DL145 4Post Installation Options. The HP DL145 is a 1U Rackmount Server. The standard HP Quick Rail Kit is very versatile and usually does not have many issues with installing in a wide variety of racks. There are lots of options available for i...
  158. HP ProLiant DL140 Server and Rack Mount Overview
    Server Rack Mounting (4-Post) HP DL140 Quick Rail Kit HP DL140 Fixed Rail Kit Relay Rack Mounting (2-Post) HP DL140 Quick Rail Kit (2Post) HP DL140 Fixed Rail Kit (2Post) Server Information HP DL140 Quick Specs HP’s DL140 Documentat...
  159. HP DL140 Fixed Rail Relay Rack Kit
      Mount the HP DL140 into a 2Post Relay Rack Does Not Require HP Quick Rail Kit Compatible with any size Relay Rack Provides 1U Rackmount Space The 1U Fixed 2Post Rail Kit will allow the HP DL140 to be installed in any type of 2Post Relay R...
  160. HP DL140 Quick Rail Kit (2Post Relay Rack)
    Mount the HP DL140 into a 2Post Relay Rack Require HP Quick Rail Kit Compatible with 3″ Upright Relay Racks Provides 2U Rackmount Space The 2Post Conversion Kit provides 29″ of mounting depth as well as the 4 corner attachments that t...
  161. HP DL140 Fixed Rail
    Economically mounts the HP DL140 into any rack Does not require HP Rail Kit Compatible with any Standard 19″ Server Rack Cable Management Crossbar included Fixed Rail Tech Specs Equipment Depth The Rack Rails support flange is 23 1/2̸...
  162. HP ProLiant DL140 Quick Rails
    HP DL140 4Post Installation Options. The HP ProLiant DL140 is a 1U Rackmount Server. There are currently only three generations of the DL140 which makes this one of the newer classes of HP ProLiant Servers. HP has one of the better 4Post Rail Kits....
  163. HP ProLiant DL140 Quick Specs
    DL140 Server Information Height 1.70″ Width 16.78″ Depth 27.75″ Weight 35lbs Wattage 653W Voltage 115-230 VAC, 47-63Hz Heat Dissipation 2228 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical Noise Emissions 7.0 be...
  164. IBM x3650 Tech Specs & Service Guide
    x3650 Server Information Height 3.36″ Width 17.5″ Depth 27.8″ Weight 46.5lbs to 64lbs Wattage 360W to 835W Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz Heat Dissipation 1230-3312 BTU/hr Operating Temperature 50F to 95F Acoustical ...
  165. Acoustical Noise Emissions
    Servers are loud because they are loaded with cooling fans that pump as much air through them as possible. Sound is measured in Bels or the more common unit decibels, which is 10 Bels. The Bel is measured on a logarithmic scale. An increase in 3dB...
  166. Rackmount Options for a Dell 1950
    Dell 1950 Installation Overview The Dell 1950 is a 1U Rackmount Server. Dell has designed a new slide rail kit for the 1950 that has improved on slide rail kits of previous PowerEdge Servers. This new slide rail kit is able to to install into any t...
  167. Dell 2950 Relay Rack Kit
    Dell 2950 2Post Options [more options] Dell does not make an OEM 2Post Slide Rail Kit for the 2950. It is possible to use the OEM 4Post Slide Rail Kit in a 2Post Relay Rack by utilizing a 2Post Conversion Kit. This Conversion Kit is a set of four ...
  168. Dell 2950 Rail Kit
    Dell 2950 Rail [more options] The Dell Part Number for the 2950 is 310-8194. This is the P/N that you will need to order this kit from your Dell Sales Rep. The Kit P/N OK8766 is not used by the Dell Sales Reps. for ordering this product. The follo...
  169. Dell 2950 Slide Rails
    Dell 2950 4Post Options [more options] There are several Slide Rail options available as an alternative to the Dell OEM Slide Rail Kit. Each solution has it’s own unique advantages. If cost is a factor, which it always is, then the 2UBRK-295...
  170. Rackmount Options for a Dell 2950, 2970
    Dell 2950 Installation Overview The Dell 2950 is a 2U Rackmount Server that uses the new Dell combination rail kit. This new rail kit has been improved from earlier versions by providing the ability to install in both a square and round holed rack. T...