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I know a couple of you guys on here work IT I'm wondering if any of you guys have some used rack gear you want to part with. I'm wanting to load some of the machines I've been accumulating over time into a rack and setting up a file server closet in my basement.

Specifically, I'm looking for a 12U or 24U rack cabinet. A cabinet with a door and casters would be perfect. I'm also looking for a couple 4U rackmount cases that can support a full size ATX motherboard and a normal sized PSU in. If anyone has any leads on any gear like this drop me a line! Thanks!
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I come across stuff now and then, or have customers looking to offload old racks, equipment etc... I'll let you know if I come across anything. Usually it'll be over in NJ though if you don't mind a drive. Sometimes its close and sometimes its far.
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I'll also add this. I don't know how many servers / amount of processing power you need or what you're using it for, but you'll get a lot more bang for your buck, smaller foot print and use less power if you virtualize everything.
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You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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LostCyborg;109566 Wrote:I'll also add this. I don't know how many servers / amount of processing power you need or what you're using it for, but you'll get a lot more bang for your buck, smaller foot print and use less power if you virtualize everything.

Second this. I had grand plans of setting up a rack with all the hardware I had accumulated over the years. When I actually went into business for myself I instead chose to build out a 2U dual quad core xeon with 32gb ram running esxi. It still meets all my business and personal needs and I don't have to worry much about my electric bill. No matter what platform I'm coding on I have plenty of horsepower for testing.
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LostCyborg;109566 Wrote:I'll also add this. I don't know how many servers / amount of processing power you need or what you're using it for, but you'll get a lot more bang for your buck, smaller foot print and use less power if you virtualize everything.

Thanks for keeping an eye out! At any given time I usually have 4 or 5 machines in my desk and another 2 downstairs that do nothing. Some of them I only turn on once or twice a year. My wife would be a lot happier and so would I if I took everything and loaded it into a nice closet in my basement that I can easily ventilate. With it all in the basement I can just remotely manage it. My and my wife's main desktop machines will remain on our desks. I also have a 2U switch sitting around already which would also just load in there as well to tie it all together. Only one of the machines I would load into the rack would actually need to be running 24/7, which is just a general file server I have set up for the house. I just want to mainly clear my desk and get the other machines so they are more usable while staying out of the way instead of collecting dust and having to wire them up and take it down all the time if I want to use one for some reason.
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Cool... Are your other machines doing anything hardware intensive, especially anything like graphics related?

If not, I'd say get yourself one decently beefy computer and throw a hypervisor (VMWare, XenServer, or Hyper-V) and then P2V your computers and just consolidate them all onto one piece of hardware. If you have anything with a VT enabled CPU, and enough memory you will be good to go.

I'll keep an eye out though. I've had people looking for someone who will just hall old crap out for them before. It saves them from finding a way to dispose of it. Even something like a half rack that can be reused is a pain for companies to just throw out, and most don't bother to resell it.
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You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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