OT: Server Cabinet

Randy Carpenter rcarpen at network1.net
Wed May 4 13:15:55 UTC 2011

If you have a need for a 4-post rack, do not accomplish that by using 2 2-post racks. You will likely find that rack rails that are designed for a 4-post rack will not fit.

Get an open-frame 4-post rack. It will come unassembled. It will also likely be no more costly that 2 2-post racks.


On May 4, 2011, at 8:59, Joe Greco <jgreco at ns.sol.net> wrote:

>>> Can you see where this is leading yet? Three obvious questions:
>>> 1) Have you ever had to fit a cabinet through a doorway that's too small?
>>> 2) How did you do it? Cut cabinet, demolish wall ...?
>>> 3) If you cut the cabinet, any tips?
>> Comment:  you need to recognize that you are 'making trouble'.  At _some_
>> point in the future, there will be a need to remove said cabinet from that
>> location, and the issue will rear it's ugly head *again*.
>> Suggestion: If there is no alternative to that narrow doorway, consider:
>>   a) getting a *different* cabinet -- one that _will_ dis-assemble.
>>   b) if 'all else fails', _widen_ the doorway.  Thus permanently resolving
>>      the issue.
>> Option (a) _is_ going to be less time/effort/money than any other alternative.
> Good comments so far.  I didn't see this one though:
> It's admittedly far from ideal in some ways, but a great way to deal
> with this sort of situation can be to get a pair of two-post open
> frame relay racks; most of them bolt together and can be put just
> about anywhere.  Many times we forget that these can be used as the 
> front and back of a single rack.  Remember to tie them together if 
> you go that route, attachment to a wall or up top highly recommended
> as well.
> Of course, this only works if you didn't really need doors on your
> rack, etc.
> ... JG
> -- 
> Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
> "We call it the 'one bite at the apple' rule. Give me one chance [and] then I
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