Rack-mount servers are becoming increasingly common due to the design of the rack-mount system. Computer racks are designed to house and organise different aspects of the back-end computer network, such as servers, storage and networking equipment like routers and switches. This central rack is often referred to as a Main Distribution Frame. Building your own rack-mount server enables you to tap into this centralised physical network management capability with a rack system.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 4U rack-mount server case and power supply
- Hard drives
Remove the cover from the rack-mount server case.
Install the motherboard to the rack-mount case with screws.
Install the CPU and RAM to the motherboard.
Install the hard drive(s) and optical drive to the rack-mount case with screws.
Connect the power supply to the motherboard, fans and internal devices.
Connect the hard drive(s) and optical drive to the motherboard with the appropriate cables. Typically, SATA cables are used for this.
Replace the cover of the rack-mount case.
Power on the computer and install the operating system.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure the rack-mount case you have chosen provides ample cooling and ventilation.