Server Rack Cabinet Re location – How to Maintain Safely a Server Rack
Faced with cabinet relocation? Your data center staff need to know how to safely depopulate and populate server cabinets in order to move them. Moving a crowded storage rack without the proper equipment the supporting structures because they are not designed to resist tipping, lifting, or sliding.
Similarly, maintaining the mid plane of a rack, internal power cables, DC input unit, or DC adapter tray requires partial or full depopulation and subsequent re population of the rack. Like moving an entire cabinet, performing regular maintenance requires technicians to move heavy components, exposing them to the same risk of electrical hazards and muscle strains.
Tips to avoid accidents:
1. Develop and encourage a culture of security in your data center. You can avoid risks to staff and equipment by providing compliance and best practices training in your data center before your staff set foot inside the center. Server cabinet depopulation and re population, as well as server migrations, represent some of the highest risk activities in your data center. Data center security training should include best practice information that includes the following: to. Best practices for fire protection, prevention and suppression. Additionally, employees must understand the potential consequences of poor practices. For example, soda spilled on servers used by a hospital is a big problem, because the server could shut down during surgery or while a patient is on life support. An arcing event could cause death or fire.
2. Use a Server Rack cabinet diagram. A cabinet diagram requires a little extra work initially, but it will save time and frustration in the long run. Here’s how to make and use one:
to. Make the diagram. Before removing a server or other item from the server rack, label the cables that are still connected to the modular system. Also draw the positions of components, such as servers, switches, and VLANs in the rack, to ensure the correct population in the new enclosure.
Glue the Toten Wall Mount Server cabinet diagram to the target cabinet. The cabinet diagram, or map, will help fill the destination shelf later. Tape it to the target cabinet to visually confirm proper component and cable connection. Disconnect the data cables only after the diagram has been recorded in place.
3. Check and re-check before removing components: Every time electronic devices are moved, hanging cables and wires can create hazards by tripping over an IT technician, catching and stopping heavy devices at their most vulnerable moment, or cut yourself and create a dangerous or short arc. Before removing a device from its cabinet, take a few precautions.
Remove power from the cabinet. Before removing a server or other appliance from the server rack, make sure you have removed the power connections from the enclosure. All cables, wires, or cords must be removed or wrapped and securely attached to the device.
Make sure to free the chassis 100%. Each component of the Toten server Rack enclosure will have screws that attach its chassis to the rack brackets. Unscrew them from back to front and move the servers one by one. You must be sure to remove all screws to avoid accidentally pulling and tipping the server rack along with the component you are uninstalling.
Check for foreign objects. Check that tools, cell phones, cables, hands, feet, shoe laces, and other loose items are not caught in the rail or lifting motion.
4. Use a manual or motorized lift for handling servers – Avoid injury to personnel during equipment movements and avoid damaging components. Use a lift whenever you move anything over 50 pounds, such as servers, switches, or cable boxes.
Observe the lifting capacities of the lift. Know the weight of servers and components before moving them, and never load a server handling lift more than the lift’s rated capacity. Keep the elevator user manual with the elevator at all times, for reference. Consider looking at the capacity on the server that drives the elevator itself, where you can see it.
Only use the lift for the appropriate equipment. Never sit or stand on a lift that is not designed for such use. Keep tools, cell phones, and other personal items away from moving equipment.
Secure IT equipment during the move. Straps are commonly used to secure IT equipment when moving an ALD over uneven surfaces: doorways, floor exits, cable guards, ramps, exterior sidewalks, driveways, and other bumpy surfaces.
Keep a low center of gravity. Move IT equipment only in the lowest position of the lift, avoiding destabilization and the resulting accidents.
5. Store servers properly – A server belongs to a server rack. Otherwise, store it on a sturdy surface designed to hold a server.
Completing and depopulating server racks poses some of the highest risk events for personnel and equipment in your data center. You can ensure that employees stay safe and take care of the equipment by reviewing these safety practices with them.