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I bought a Compaq (HP) 10642 42U rack a couple years ago and I've currently got two servers, some switches, UPS, and some other stuff taking up about half of the total space. I still have room to grow, but before I add anything more I really want to get the wiring under control. I've searched around, but haven't found much in the way of wiring tutorials. I want to make it look nice and neat, but it's not one of my strong suits. Please let me know of any resources or guides that may help.
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Tie downs always sound like an affordable option but they can be a pain when you need to trace a wire. You can get velcro tie downs that are much better.

Good wire management inside of a 4-post rack can be difficult. I love 2-posts with side mounted wire management. Off-topic sorry.
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Generally speaking, these are some common practices:

1. In wall wiring would terminate to a punch down block first. Then jumpered to the switch.
2. Most larger installation use same color jumpers. Jumpers should be kept short.
3. Switch would need top and bottom horizontal channels. Some have channel cover.
4. Make a switch port assignment map for future reference.
5. Other devices such as servers, routers, NAS can just use side channels as their jumpers are limited.

I use different color jumpers, 12 keystone double wall plate and a 16 port switch is positioned close by.
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Thanks for the tips, it looks like I've got my work cut out for me. I didn't even think to ask for help in the rack thread, I thought it was dedicated to showing off completed racks... and other racks. wink.gif
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