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Hey guys, I am looking to purchasing a rack of some kind. I don't really know much (anything lol) about them and wondered if you guys could help me out. My main question is do you think this 2 post rack http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816129018 could support a 4u case. I have seen that you can install rails down the sides of these cases but didn't know if it was a necessity. Thanks for any help!

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That looks like more of a patch panel rack and not something capable of supporting a server.

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Yes you can. These are perfectly capable for the task. We have 2 post telecom racks in our lab with 15 2U servers hanging on them without issue. If this seems too sketchy for you or you want some insurance you can buy a shelf and mount the shelf then just set the 4u case onto the shelf.

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Thanks for the link. I should have searched first, sorry!

 

I'm the one who started the other link about racks. I'm very happy with the rack I purchased, despite the initial outlay of money. Here are a few tips:

 

  • If you have a lot of space you can buy a full-sized rack for about $100 on Craigslist.
  • For a quiet rack, put in 4U boxes with standard ATX power supplies
  • Get wheels for the bottom of the rack so it's easy to move and clean around.
  • The racks at http://www.dantraknet.com/category/44 seem to be great for the money. Also, they have nice rack supplies.

 

I should add a new photo, as mine now has my WHS 2011 server on it as well.

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I'm the one who started the other link about racks. I'm very happy with the rack I purchased, despite the initial outlay of money. Here are a few tips:

 

  • If you have a lot of space you can buy a full-sized rack for about $100 on Craigslist.
  • For a quiet rack, put in 4U boxes with standard ATX power supplies
  • Get wheels for the bottom of the rack so it's easy to move and clean around.
  • The racks at http://www.dantraknet.com/category/44 seem to be great for the money. Also, they have nice rack supplies.

 

I should add a new photo, as mine now has my WHS 2011 server on it as well.

 

Thanks for the info! I have looked on Craigslist and in my area the pickin's are pretty slim :(. I have a 4u Rosewill case already (WS2008R2 / WHS)and will be getting a 2u for my super router once I get the rack all set. I will definitely take your advice on the wheels, thanks! I saw that link in your thread and those seem to be perfect for my situation. You can't beat the price either! I like that I can get a 2 rail then convert it to a 4 later if needed with those kits. Thanks for info man! Definitely add a pic of your rack too!!

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Recently did a 6U rack mounted on a wall. This cage also has holes for casters on the bottom if you need it to roll under a desk.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003K1NFY4

 

They also make 10U and 12U but the price goes up considerably.

 

Tim

 

That is a pretty sweet enclosure! I need more U's and am looking for a cheaper alternative though if possible. Plus, a 16U rack for 129.99 is hard to turn down :).

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