As an active Network Administrator I have several bad habits. The first is that I play with computers in my spare time. The second, is that I have too many computers. Five years ago when I purchased my home, a friend gave me a 1/2 height server rack. I mounted by home server on a shelf and ‘It began’.
By ‘It Began’ I mean the expansion of my home computer requirements. Over the past five years, I have added a variety of new systems to my home network, including phone servers, alarm systems, etc… My 1/2 rack is perfectly suited to hole these systems and my home stereo system as well. The functionality was nice, it securely holds my computers, although . However, it doesn’t look all the great. This isn’t a huge concern for me, but I would always like it to look better.
Recently a friend of mine gave me a full height, enclosed server cabinet. The cabinet comes with locking doors, side walls, exhaust fans, side doors and in reasonably good shape. The price was right, and certainly would add a certain cache to my home office. The server cabinet didn’t come with any shelves, or rails. The cabinet will be rather heavy when full which could cause a problem in a home environment. There are a few small issues to overcome, but for me, the advantages significantly outweigh the work.