Where is your switch?

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Where is your switch?

  1. Front/Top

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  2. Front/Middle

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  3. Front/Bottom

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  4. Back/Top

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  5. Back/Middle

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  6. Back/Bottom

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  1. briandm81

    briandm81 Active Member

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    I'm in the process of building my garage data center for my home lab. This means I finally get to reorganize my rack as I move everything out of the office and into said data center. So...where do you guys put your switches? Top? Bottom? Front? Back? I'm thinking of relocating mine from the back middle to the front, perhaps the top? So where is yours? Why is it there?
     
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  2. wildchild

    wildchild Active Member

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    Have my 3750x "core" stack in the front, together with my FW cluster, my 10g switches in the back
     
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  3. Jon Massey

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    Access - front and top, next to the patch panel. Structured cabling from the house comes in the top and putting the patch panel at the top helps keep it neat.
     
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  4. IamSpartacus

    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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    Front top as you can see. I like being able to easily see link lights from the front and/or plugin quickly.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. DavidRa

    DavidRa Infrastructure Architect

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    Top and back, where the connections need to be for servers. Everything is run into servers or patch panels, no cables at the front at all.

    Not that the back is neat, any more. Need to find a (non-destructive) way to unlock the side panels, anyone know a good lockpicker? Actually that's not the dumbest thought I've had today (really puts my day into perspective).
     
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  6. Terry Kennedy

    Terry Kennedy Well-Known Member

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    Near the top, below the fiber patch panel. This is a little outdated, but should give you an idea:

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    Top down:
    • Fiber patch panel
    • Cisco 3845 router
    • Dell Powerconnect 8024 switch (24 * 10Gbe)
    • PowerDsine PD-9024G/ACDC/M/F 24-port PoE injector
    • Cisco Catalyst 4948-10GE (48 * 10/100/1000 + 2 * 10GbE)
    These days there's a Cisco ASR1001 below that.
    I use 23" racks (w/ reducers for 19" equipment) to give me some extra space for cable management, and vertical cable management rings on one of the sets of rails (these racks have 3 pairs of rails - front, middle, and back - I've also done some installs w/ 4 pairs of rails).

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    Take a careful look at the face of the lock. There may be a number embossed into the face. The most common one is CH751. D415A and D433 are also rather common. If you can find a number, post it and I'll let you know if I have a key for it that I can send you.
     
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  7. Jon Massey

    Jon Massey Active Member

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    The racks I have, you can access the lock barrel from the inside and undo the nut holding it in - is that possible with yours?
     
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  8. DavidRa

    DavidRa Infrastructure Architect

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    I can't adequately express how welcome your offer is, so I sent a PM.

    Not possible I'm afraid, I think it's designed for security.

    But we're off-topic now :) Back to the debate on where the switches go!
     

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  9. T_Minus

    T_Minus Moderator

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    Checking my 1 rack... I can take off 1 panel, 3 are locked :(
     
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  10. 0dd

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    Alternative option to remove the panels.
    Remove the screw/bolt on back of each of the locks
    [​IMG]

    0dd
     
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  11. Jon Massey

    Jon Massey Active Member

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    That was exactly what I was referring to. A picture was a wise move!
     
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  12. DavidRa

    DavidRa Infrastructure Architect

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    Sadly I think it's a spring clip on the back of the lock, not the "almost shouldn't be called a lock" lock shown by 0dd; and it looks like the clip can't be removed while the panel is on (the vertical rails for the frame, not for equipment, are in the way). I might try pulling the door lock apart since it's unlocked and accessible, while the panel locks are right at the bottom, and either behind equipment or tough to get to (when you're a fat bastard like me).
     
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  13. trumee

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    What chassis are those at the bottom?
     
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  14. IamSpartacus

    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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