Hello guys, welcome to my server rack setup tour, I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now but I’ve kept putting it off because I’ve always been waiting for something to arrive, well here I am many somethings later and no video so I thought it’s a good time to do it now. I’ll start by going over everything first then I’ll go into details of each section. From the top of the rack you have my networking equipment, below that is my Cisco lab, then my servers, and finally at the bottom you have the power systems. It’s all housed in an APC NetShelter SX rack. My main router is an Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Pro, I have Bell Fibe Gigabit internet with the fiber line going directly into the router, it was quite difficult to figure out how to get 3rd party routers working on Bell Fibe, but once I found that they simply run internet on VLAN 35 I was able to get it working fine without their terrible hardware in between. I do plan on upgrading my router to the UniFi Security Gateway XG once it is released Below that you have a neat-patch cable organizer, I don’t have a patch panel in the rack because a majority of the connections are internal and with this being my home setup it is more flexible without one. Finally on to the switch, it’s a UniFi Switch 48 port 500w I used to be running the EdgeSwitch of the same model but it met an untimely death a few months ago but that’s fine because I much prefer the analytics of the UniFi system anyways. I am also planning on getting an Unifi Switch XG to play around with 10 gigabit networking in the future. Right below my main network is my Cisco Lab I work in a enterprise IT and as much as I don’t like Cisco I’m forced to use them so it’s important for me to know how to. My lab consists of a 2851 router that I use as my backhaul and access server to access all the other routers and switches, then two 2811s and an 1841 router, I then have two 3560 switches and an old 2950 that I’ve had kicking around for years. On to my servers, Starting from the top I have a Dell KMM that unfortunately rarely gets used, my main server is a Dell PowerEdge R410, this is running VMWare ESXi and runs pretty much everything in my house. My main NAS is a PowerEdge R510, it’s loaded up with 8 4TB drives in RAID 6 configuration giving me about 22 TB of usable space, I do plan on upgrading this to run ESXi in the future as well but unfortunately I have nowhere to put all my data temporarily while I perform the upgrade. The next device right below it should help with that though, it is a Dell PowerVault TL2000 tape library. I picked it up for cheap a while ago sold for parts only, but I was able to fix everything that was broken and it works great now, unfortunately it only came with an LTO3 drive and it was not working, but with LTO8 drives starting to be released the price of LTO7 is starting to come down and I was able to pickup an LTO7 drive recently, with that I’ll finally be able to have multiple backups of my data. Below that you have my only sorta custom built server in my rack, it’s an ASUS server board with dual Xeons in a SuperMicro case, but I don’t actually use if for anything at the moment, I do have ESXi loaded on it so it’s good to go whenever I need it. Finally you have my very first server I ever bought, it’s an HP Proliant DL380, I really only have it in my rack for sentimental reasons and it’s not even connected at all. Moving down to the bottom you have my power setup, I have a couple of StarTech PDUs around the rack and an APC 1500VA UPS, on the back all of my cables are colour coded, the red cables are on the UPS, the blue cables are on the PDUs with no backup, the yellow cables are for my lab, also with no backup. In the servers I have one power supply on the UPS and one on the PDUs, and the main network equipment is on the UPS as well. The Lab equipment is running on an APC switchable PDU so I can turn on and off each device remotely. The UPS and PDUs are also on their own separate breaker here in my Condo so one can trip while the other still provides power. In total when everything is running it uses about 660 watts of power, with my peak electric rate I’ll pay about $14 per month which isn’t too bad at all. The last thing I want to cover is the cabling going out from the server to the rest of my condo, one of the first things I alway do when I move into a new place is run cables, my current condo when I moved in had 5 lines of CAT5 already run but it was terminated as RJ11 for phone, I ran an additional 6 lines of CAT6 plus the fiber to get it to my rack location, and I terminated everything with RJ45 and a small patch panel. I will leave all these lines in place as well as the patch panel when I leave, it’s a nice touch for anyone moving into a condo as they never have anything like this in place, usually either unterminated cables or just a bix block. Well that was a basic overview of my server rack, I hope you enjoyed, I know I’ve spent a lot of time watching similar videos on youtube over the years, I will try to do update videos when I get new things but I’ve never been good at that, let me know if you have any questions or comments down below.
Have a good one.