Server Rack Gear - 2024 Edition

Here is the current list of hardware that lives in my server rack, from top to bottom. I am making use of blanking and brush panels at the moment but as I add more to the rack I will move the power supplies to the back and tuck them out of the way. Until then I enjoy this aesthetic. 1U Blanking panel Unifi Switch 24 port patch panel PDU Brush panel Dual monitor panel that I made 1U Blanking panel Behind: Intel NUC - Docker host Ubuntu i5-3259, 16gb RAM PlayStation 5 PDU Brush panel Windows PC - Mainly used for gaming Ryzen 5 3600, 32gb RAM, nvidia 2060 Lives in a Logic Case 4U Chassis 1U Blanking panel Unraid server - Docker and VM host, NAS i5-12400, 32gb RAM, 8TB storage Lives in a pretty generic 4U NAS Chassis UPS

February 10, 2024 · 1 min · 141 words

Moving all my stuff into a server rack – Part 3, Housing the PS5 and some decor

At this stage in the build I was about ready to find a way to house my PS5 in my rack, and do some general decor. If you haven’t checked out Part 1 and part 2 yet, check them out first! One of the main reasons for moving things into a rack in the first place was to clear all my tech - or as much as possible. Housing the PS5 would clear a fair bit of room from the surfaces in my den, they are not small things....

August 15, 2023 · 2 min · 386 words

Adding a double mini-monitor panel to my 19″ server cabinet

When I started the project to move all my computers into a single rack to save some space, and to look cool, I knew I wanted some kind of monitor in it. There were a bunch of options for big and ugly KVM panels that pull out, but that wasn’t what I was looking for. In the AV world there are often small screen monitors in racks for keeping an eye on the broadcast outputs, but they are often quite expensive, and the monitor qualities also aren’t great unless you spend a lot....

August 10, 2023 · 3 min · 508 words

Moving all my stuff into a server rack – Part 2, Server Chassis Shopping

Server Chassis Shopping, say that three times fast. If you haven’t alreay seen Part 1 of this series you might be interested in catching up on that first. In that post I go over picking the rack I did, and now it’s time to look at decanting my existing machines into chassis that will fit that server rack. Moving my gaming PC into a server chassis The main issue with this was always going to be height, there was a chance I could fit the machine into a 3U chassis, but after a fair bit of poking it looked like my best bet was going to be a 4U chassis of some variety....

August 2, 2023 · 4 min · 656 words

Moving all my stuff into a server rack – Part 1, The Rack

My den, where I keep all my tech and hobby related safely away from children’s mitts and wife’s eyes was becoming quite chaotic. Between 2 full sized PCs, a NUC, my PS5, 3 monitors and all the associated networking and wiring it was becoming quite the rats nest. It was time to do something about it, and I decided to move build a server rack containing all my stuff. A full sized 42U rack wasn’t going to fit in a room that already had slightly low ceilings, so I needed something that would give me room for all my things - with a bit of room to grow - but not take up as much space as a conventional server rack....

July 27, 2023 · 3 min · 564 words