How to build your own rack mount server

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How to build your own rack mount server
Rack-mount servers are an excellent way to simplify back office networking. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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

Things you need

  • 4U rack-mount server case and power supply
  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Hard drives

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  1. 1

    Remove the cover from the rack-mount server case.

  2. 2

    Install the motherboard to the rack-mount case with screws.

  3. 3

    Install the CPU and RAM to the motherboard.

  4. 4

    Install the hard drive(s) and optical drive to the rack-mount case with screws.

  5. 5

    Connect the power supply to the motherboard, fans and internal devices.

  6. 6

    Connect the hard drive(s) and optical drive to the motherboard with the appropriate cables. Typically, SATA cables are used for this.

  7. 7

    Replace the cover of the rack-mount case.

  8. 8

    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.

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