Just as it’s important and critically beneficial to have a dedicated room for all computer and server hardware components, using effective and accessible storage cabinets, or racks, with narrow rackmount chassis and cable organizers are required to set up the technology in your room safely. Rack-mounted servers also provide easy access when routinely performing changes like expanding or down-sizing services.
Consider These Points before Racking Installations:
- Do you need a multifunction roof?
- Should you select cage nuts & cage bolts set up or snap-in technology?
- Do you need the rack to include intelligent cable management attachments?
- How necessary is variable interior installation capability for your hardware configuration?
- What percentage of the rack needs vented surface area for circulation?
After thinking through the needs of your equipment: number of times you may have to disassemble the racks, how to organize the miles of cables and cords. Whether you will need to move the components around in the cage, and what effect air conditioning will have on equipment with or without vented surfaces; it’s time to set up your tools and parts.
Step by step building your server around rackmount chassis:
Step 1) To attach rack-mount side rails onto the node, secure side rail with short- headed screws into side holes on the node. Tighten down both sides.
Step 2) Assemble the rack rails – each side rail has two pieces, slide both pieces
together and attach with round-headed screws, add a bracket to each rail
and secure with a round-headed screw.
Step 3) Applying cage nuts – this assembly cage is fitted with
bolts instead of the optional snap on. It is easy to break snap on
fittings if disassemble often, so the stronger option is screws,
even though they take longer.
Step 4) Add rails into the rack – line up the rail on the front evenly, matching
matching up the holes, use the attached bracket as a guide. Attach rail to
the rack with screws. Wait until al screws are in place before tightening
Step 5) Add back rail with bracket same as Step 4.
Step 6) Racking the Node: slide the node into the rack rails and push to the back.
There are side latches mounted on the node that will catch in the rail to keep the node secure to the slide rails. Compressing the latches will release the node from the slides when you need to remove the node from the rack.
Repeat these steps for each component you want to mount to the rack. Each hardware mount will take about 20 minutes.