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By krogstaderik ·
I have 3 old servers and I use that term loosely, which are in huge towers. We are putting all of the servers into an APC cabinet including these oversized towers. All of the towers have an ATX compliant motherboard with Pentium 3 processors and dual SCSI hard drives. I was wondering if there was a way to take the internal hardware and switch it to a rack mountable box to free up more room. If this is true what kind of additional hardware will I need and what should I look for?

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by uofM In reply to Space consolidation

Assuming you don't have all the bays filled up with CD-ROM or Tape drives (you'll have less "bay" space in a rack mount chassis). But to be sure, I'd get the make of you mother board and take it to the local computer place and ask them.

If it works, I'd also suggest the following:

A KVM switch - preferably ones that uses cat-5 cable instead of those monster KVM cables.

A KVM drawer. the KVM drawer takes up 1U and contains a LCD panel that folds down and can be stored away. We used ones from HP which had trackballs built into the keyboards. Everything fits into the drawer - Very convenient, and looks great.

Hope this helps....

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thanks for the help

by krogstaderik In reply to It should...

I just purchased 4 4u rack mounts and a Belkin switch. Thanks for the insight!

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by djent In reply to Space consolidation

You will probably need a 4U case for each server. It may be cheaper to buy new P4 servers then stuffing your old guts in RM cases, just keep the hard drives for the new servers.

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