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on: 2019-02-12, 16:45:23
i am planning on moving the rack from the basement, to my bedroom, and changing from an enclosed rack, to a 4-post open rack.
i hope to save electricity by eliminating the need for the filtered rack fan system. down in the basement is a wood furnace, and the ash dust is not good for computers. my bedroom is just regular dust.  ;)
also, the rack is in dire need of being properly rewired. at the moment, it looks like a random mess.
obviously, i need to clean some space in my room, run proper power to outlets (with ground, unlike the two-wire crap feeding my room right now), and run a clean phone wire for the DSL modem.
i sleep with a fan year-round for the noise, so the server fans shouldn't bother me much. also, in the winter, my room is cold, so the servers may even provide a little heat.

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Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)


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Reply #1 on: 2019-02-12, 16:53:16
i have ordered the rack, and some screws (with cage nuts). it is a 4-post 27U rack.
when setting it up, i will properly separate the power between servers that need backup power, and items that don't need backup power. i will also use a Raspberry Pi to read the power from the APC UPS, and shutdown the servers via SSH on power failure, and wake them back up with Wake-On-Lan packets.
I will also be changing out the network cables from old CAT5 UTP, to CAT5e FTP.

~Travis

Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)


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Reply #2 on: 2019-02-16, 06:18:47
Thanks to UPS, my server rack that was supposed to be delivered this monday, is now delayed until much later. no explanation, just a notice of the delay. agreed, i don't have space cleared out for it yet, but just on the principle.  :tango_face_plain:
but anyway, i will update when i get more news.

~Travis

Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)


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Reply #3 on: 2019-02-18, 18:46:53
The new rack has arrived!  :D
Due to a recent back injury, not sure when i will get it put together, but it is here.

~Travis

Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)


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Reply #4 on: 2019-02-26, 04:06:31
the new rack is assembled, and loaded! :D
i have only to redo the cables, and then i can post pictures. i just threw the cables together to get it running again, so it is not "pretty", by any means.

~Travis

Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)


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Reply #5 on: 2019-09-22, 06:45:06
been a while since i updated.  :tango_face_plain:
i have the analog phone lines going to my FreePBX server POTS card run up to the patch panel, with RJ11 jacks for each line broken out.
I noticed too, that the outdoor-grade CAT-5e cable i have is a little stiff for rack wiring, but i will have to make do.
I would like to re-organize the servers at some point. they are currently just stacked on top of each other. i would like to either mount each server on slide rails, or at least have a shelf for each server. in case i have to pull out a server, i don't want to have to unstack all the servers to get to the bottom one.
I also really need to setup a Raspberry Pi as a UPS monitor to shut-down the servers in the event of a power failure. i think it will even wake-on-lan (WOL) the servers when the power returns.
http://bobbyromeo.com/technology/connecting-a-ups-to-the-rapberry-pi-custom-shutdown-with-wake-on-lan/

~Travis

Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)


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Reply #6 on: 2019-10-05, 16:05:11
Notes: (* = Connected)
P01 -> WLAN *
P02 -> FreeNAS2-a *
P03 -> FreeNAS2-b
P04 -> FreeNAS2-c
P05 -> FreeNAS2-d
P06 -> FreeNAS-a *
P07 -> FreeNAS-b
P08 -> tjfhome-a *
P09 -> tjfhome-b
P10 -> FreePBX-a *
P11 -> FreePBX-b
P12 -> APCUPS *
P13 -> WiBridge *

~Travis

Servers:
Dell PowerEdge 1950 (main web server)
Dell PowerEdge 2950 (VoIP server)
Dell PowerEdge R200 (FreeNAS backup server)
Dell PowerEdge R710 (FreeNAS file server)