Real-world server room nightmares

Real-world server room nightmares

Summary: Bill Detwiler asked TechRepublic members to send in photos of the worst server room messes they've encountered and they really came through.

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TOPICS: Servers
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  • Credit: Luca
  • "These photos show what greeted me the very first time I walked into the server room after agreeing to take things over.These are the servers. Note the KVM switch wiring and placement, the forgotten drink, and the fact that the servers are stacked on each other and have their hot air exhaust aimed at each other while that hot air is also being boxed in by the monitor.

    In addition, this entire grouping of equipment was precariously balanced on a 5 foot long plastic table with folding legs. Wobbly to say the least. Please also note that while there is a dual 15 amp quad outlet mounted on the wall, he chose to plug all 5 servers and the monitor into a $3 non-surge-protected power strip running from one receptacle. No battery backup..."

    Credit: Handyman
  • "This is the patch panel, modem, 48-port switch, firewall/router, and PBX telephone equipment. The modem is the black box hanging by its own cables (next to the phone hanging by ITS own cables). The wiring and patch cords were a complete mess, and half of them were unplugged and hanging loose. Absolutely NOTHING was labeled in this room, including all the cables and servers. In the upper left corner you can see the power injection unit/network interface module for the roof-mounted wireless bridge that connected the satellite office across the street to our main network."

    Credit: Handyman
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  • Handyman? Anyone think that this name doesn't fit this guy? Me thinks no,

    there isn't really that much in this topology at all, or is there more that isn't visible? Certainly, if this is all that is there then this guy has the totally opposite Name
    Ez_Customs
  • 3rd PLACE? WHAT

    3rd place shoulda been 1stQQ
    Ez_Customs
  • GJ

    This Rack system was a Complete mess, and I just awant to congratulate whoever it was who cleaned this up. Couldn't have been done any better!! http://i.zdnet.com/gallery/479843-480-800.jpg
    Ez_Customs