Rack mount a server

hgj1357
hgj1357 used Ask the Experts™
on
I have a DELL NX3000 2U server and will be getting some more rack gear.  Currently this stuff sits in a cheapo vertical rack. Unsecured.  I would like a better option.

I am looking at this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816129014

How do I mount the server?  Do I use the accessory 1U adjustable shelf?  Does the server simply fit anyway? Do I need specific propriety hardware?

I need a little help here.
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

Commented:
Is the server currently mounted on rails in the existing rack?  You should be able to move it and the rails straight over to the new rack.

Author

Commented:
No. It just hangs down.

The existing rack is basically two rails that stick out from the wall. Cantilever style

Author

Commented:
I have no rails.
CompTIA Security+

Learn the essential functions of CompTIA Security+, which establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and leads professionals into intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs.

Assistant Vice President\Network Manager
Commented:
The part number for the rail kit for that server is M986J.  I would advise this option over the shelf primarily because it makes it easier if you have a need to work on the server.

Author

Commented:
I am a real dunce with this.  Will that rail kit install pretty easily?  Is the startech a decent rack to go with here?  Does the rail kit attach to teh rack, and then the server lock onto the rail like a drawer in a set of drawers?

Author

Commented:
If the server is 2U and I use the rail kit, will the whole thing be 3½ in high?  

And. How would I mount a Tripp-lite Smart Pro UPS?  Is there a kit for that too?
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager
Commented:
As a 2U it will take up 3.5 inches in the rack.

There are no screws required. They just snap into place in the rack and the server locks on just like a drawer.

Yes it will work with this rack. As long as security is not an issue then an open rack like this should be fine. The main thing to keep in mind is that a rack can be easily tipped if precautions are not taken. Either bolt it to the floor and/or use something to secure the top to the ceiling and always mount the bullk of the weight in the lower half of the rack. Servers, UPS, etc and the lighter stuff like routers, switches and patch panels towards the top.
 
Tripp-light Smart Pro UPS - what model? They can all be rack mounted however the method varies depending on the model.

Author

Commented:
The tripp-lite is a 2U  I don't know the exact model, but looks similar to the SMART1000RMXL2U, just a few years older of a model.
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

Commented:
I think you should be able to use the universal kit from http://www.pcworld.com/product/pg/439513/detail however I would do a little more checking.

I can't find an actual part number for the rail kit from Tripp Lite. All I find are either the ear mounts or the rail kit was included with their UPS's.

Author

Commented:
Can I use a universal shelf for the Tripp-lite UPS?
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager
Commented:
Yes - however if it is a solid shelf I would confirm that there are no vents on the bottom of the Tripp lite that would be blocked.  Also, place the shelf, with the UPS, at the bottom of the rack. With all those batteries it will be the heaviest

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial