Today I moved the new (to me) APC Smart-UPS 3000XL (SUA3000RMXL3U) and Dell R510 over to my other lab/rack. Because the house there was originally spec’d with an L6-30R and L5-20R, we needed to have an L5-30R installed in order to accomodate the APC Smart-UPS as it uses the larger twist-lock connector even though it’s 120v. I purchased brand new APC rails to work with the UPS. The house is also equipped with a Generac 22kw auto-transfer, permanent-install generator so now I can utilize that for powering the servers and network gear since the UPS will keep things up during transfer and condition the incoming power.
I also racked my Dell R510 which is going to be my new shared storage platform. I worked with FreeNAS and Nexenta while it was in my primary location in order to determine what path I’d choose. I bought new rails for the R510 and also had a cable management arm laying around. Everything is installed, cabled, configured, and tested! The APC UPS is nice as it was ordered with brand new batteries w/ a 2-year warranty. It appears as though it should support the rack as configured for 40 minutes of run-time. I’ve also cabled my two R710 ESXi hosts to the R510 for 10 GbE networking and am using bridging within FreeBSD to provide a switchless configuration between the three servers. Very cool.
While installing these items I made a video since many people enjoy that – if you have any questions or want to know more about a particular device/item, feel free to ask!
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