[TriLUG] Pretty OT: Rack Slide Rails
kevin at flanagannc.net
Wed Dec 28 16:20:47 EST 2005
I second the recommendation of NOT doing that. I see a full or 1/2
height server rack, full enclosed box, ever month or so for cheap on the
triangle.forsale newsgroup, I'd wait for one of those.
Brian Henning wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Please pardon this bit of noise for me to ask a practical question
> of anyone who may have experience using slide rails (the ball-bearing
> sort as often found in more expensive desk drawers, etc) on rackmount
> servers. I have a 3U server that's mounted 1U above another 4U
> server, and 2U under a shelf, which makes it impossible to work inside
> either box without unmounting one which, when working alone, is a huge
> PITA... So I'm hoping to put slide rails on the upper one so I can
> just pull it out, either to work on it or to get it out of the way of
> the one below.
> My concern is that our racks are two-post, rather than four-post.
> Which means there's no rear posts for the rails to attach to. Can
> anyone speak to whether the rails can sustain the physical load of a
> server (say.. 30 pounds? actually have no idea how much it really
> weighs) mounted only to front posts, without bending? The rails
> appear to be of a rather lighter gauge of metal than the case itself.
> I'm thinking I may need to try to find some sort of angle braces that
> would bolt to the rear of the posts and give support to the back end
> of the rails..
> To help anyone who may be curious, the rails are these:
> It really looks to me that the "ears" of those rails are only 1U high,
> and wouldn't stand up to the load of a 3U server when supported only
> at one end..
> ...and if I need bracing, surely such must exist, but where might I
> find it? I don't even know what terms to use to search Google..
> Thanks a ton,
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