This is my server cabinet!
I needed a cabinet to hide some of my unsightly equipment and help me control dust. I also need the cabinet to keep my equipment cool without sounding like a 747.
The original cabinet was an antique china cabinet that was passed down a few generations to me. I hate china cabinets so……… I turned it into a gun cabinet. I became uncomfortable with my guns setting out in my house because of my children. I did not want to get rid of the cabinet (family thing and all) so I decided to make it into my computer cabinet.
I tinted the glass because I have a hatred for led lights and I did not want to see the stuff I was putting inside of it.
I made shelves to go into it. I then added some fans that would snake air thru the bottom of the cabinet and exhaust near the top. I also used weather stripping to seal most of the cracks that air could move through. I wanted the air channeled. I also installed a temp monitor. I just wanted the temp I was not worried about the high end alarm so I never changed it from the 140 F
Next I had vibrating resonance coming from the cabinet because of the fans. I isolated the fans using some weather stripping and mounted them with rubber bands. I never knew how noisy fans were until I mounted them to a wooden board.
Right now I have my server (the P180case in the cabinet), UPS, Router, and modem in the cabinet. The temps on my HDD’s are really good. The server is running WHS and will be until I get a good hardware raid card. Then I will be switch over to Windows Server 2008 r2. I might use WHS2 if it comes out by then and has features that I want.
This was a Saturday project for me. It serves its purpose great keeps everything hidden, quite, and dust free. I probably should have made it more appealing but I’m lazy, and just wanted functionality and outside appearance. I wish I had a closet that I could put everything into. I’m married I will never see closet space again sigh………