Monthly Archives: May 2015

My HP C7000 Saga: Racking the servers

So after I moved the server rack downstairs, not to big of a deal, it was time to get it loaded up… That however is a MUCH bigger deal, since even empty the C7000 chassis weighs in at somewhere around 200 lbs. I recruited Jerry Buckley to help me with this, thankfully, he was available.

This pic is of the rac with the first C7000 chassis in place on the bottom, and the drive jbod next…

Loading Server Rack

Loading Server Rack

This ended up being a poor choice, and in the end, I moved the drive jbod up to the top so it was easier to wire things, as the jbod chassis is shorter in length and would be stuck in between the two C7000’s… not ideal for when you have to reach in there.

In this image, you can see the supervisor checking our work…

supervisor checking work

supervisor checking work

In this picture is the back of the setup, along with the next set of rails for the second C7000, when I just have the one C7000 and the jbod in place… again, that configuration was changed later after I thought about things for a minute or two.

back of server rack 1

back of server rack 1

Below is the first C7000 Chassis with all the interconnects installed.

1st C7000 with all interconnects installed

1st C7000 with all interconnects installed

Next I decided to put the netgear switch in, and again…made a mistake… I thought putting it in the front would be best, but actually, it made MUCH more sense to put it in the back for cable management. So, this isn’t exactly the final setup yet either, and the jbod rails and jbod isn’t put in yet in this one either.

2 C7000's racked

2 C7000’s racked

Final configuration, the back view. I think it turned out pretty well.

Server Rack - Back view - cabling

Server Rack – Back view – cabling

Final configuration, the front view.

Server Rack - Front View

Server Rack – Front View

So far, so good… more later.