It was time to change my setup to a proper enclosure, due to the noise and heat generated. I’ve decided to move from a StarTech 12U (4POSTRACK12U) open frame to a XRackPro2 12U (XRP2-12U or XR-NRE2-US) Cabinet. This was the cause of the downtime for the site, which has taken longer than I original thought.
The 12U consist of
12) Blank Plate
11) Kenable 24 Port RJ45 CAT6A Coupler
10) QNAP QGD-1600P-4G
9 ) Kenable 24 Port RJ45 CAT6A Coupler
8 ) Kenable 24 Port RJ45 CAT6A Coupler with keystone replace with 14 HDMI, 7 USB, 1 USB-C
7 ) QNAP TS-EC880U R2
5 ) QNAP TS-1683XU-RP
2 ) APC Smart-UPS 1000 UPS
Removing the equipment one by one.
Next is to sort out the cables
Using coupler patch panels are really useful in sorting the heap of Ethernet cables
Redesign the cool airflow for the cabinet, as the inlet is located at the base of the cabinet
Going to be a tight squeeze for installing the cabinet, so it must be flat pack before hand. Power and HDMI are pushed through the bottom cable cutout.
Installing the post for the roof of the cabinet.
Installing the rack frame to stabilise the post.
Hardest part is to installed the roof, there you meet all the post bolts. Must flex the corners to help push the ‘L’ bracket in the inner corner to fully install the roof, the door just slide into place.
Ethernet wiring is fed through the top cable cutout, one by one removed from the patch panel and reinserted.
Cables are out of the way from equipment, makes it easier to put back the servers.
Populate the rack with servers, decided to remove the QNAP TS-EC880U for a QNAP TVS-1271U, and have the power outlet at the bottom. Can’t install anymore servers unless I decided to change the patch panels to a 1U 48 port.
Finishing touch was to route everything back to normal and put the front door and side panels back on.
The QNAP TS-1683XU-RP is the loudest system at 53dB (A), the whining from that server is beyond annoying which is one of the reason for the setup change. There are 3 rear exhaust fans in the XRackPro2, to help pull the hot exhaust from the servers. The fans are not quiet but they are design to help ventilate the cabinet, they make a strong whosh noise than oppose to be whining. The fan used:
US Toyo fan USTF120382302T
Size: 120 x 38mm
Acoustical Noise: 30dB (A)
Bearing: Dual Shielded Ball Bearing
This cabinet is not a silent or quiet cabinet, it has sound proofing that helps dampen the higher pitch equipment. It helped reduce the whining noise, and turning on all the servers helped muffled the pitch much better than the open frame. The front glass was necessary to see all the equipment quickly and to utilise wireless peripheral such as keyboard, zwave etc. The cabinet itself is made from 1mm steel, and it has an built in air filter system. One big filter 15″ 3/4 x 26″ located at the bottom of the cabinet where you can slide and replace the filter with ease. One smaller filter 4″ 1/2 x 15″ at the front of the cabinet, where it is held by two Velcro point.
Overall I’m happy with the build quality, just that getting replacement parts to the UK is difficult where the manufacture (XRackPro) is based in the US and they do not deliver to the UK, so you must rely on a reseller.