I have a Dell Poweredge 2850 2u server, and having problems finding a box to ship it out to a datacenter. How do you pack it, and what shipper do you use? Iím new to colo, and have only rented server in the past.
I haven't done it with a 2U server I did it with a full sized case (actually it was oversized )
I went to UPS and had it custom packed. They make custom sized boxes fill it with peanuts and wrap it with stuff etc. Saying 2U is pretty compact and doesn't have huge graphics cards that can snap the mobo you should be fine just with the peanuts in a custom box. I had to tie down parts.
How far away are you colocating your server? The easiest method is to drive it to the datacenter and get a good look at the datacenter and even make sure the server is installed to your liking. (Bring Rails)
For shipping, ideally you would be best to look for an old server box with the proper packing materials in it. Maybe a nearby computer store has one if you want to call around about it.
Packing peanuts are messy, but best suited to stabilize a server in a good size generic box. You can get those at a local shipping and package store.(may be the other place for you to find a box too.
Make sure you get a few snapshopts of the server and keep the receipt of the hardware specs installed it if possible. DON'T FORGET TO GET SHIPPING INSURANCE and take a few snapshots of the box once packed as well.
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I have a Dell Poweredge 2850 2u server, and having problems finding a box to ship it out to a datacenter. How do you pack it, and what shipper do you use? I’m new to colo, and have only rented server in the past.
What I do is buy boxes from uline [uline.com] and pack my servers well in that pink fiberglass builders insulation you can pick up at any hardware store. We ship everything FedEx.
While you may be forced to buy 10 or 20 boxes at a time from uline it is well worth it as you can simply store them until needed and they cost as much as one appropriately sized (but impossible to find) box locally.
The pink fiberglass is very easy to work with and cut to size. Just layer the bottom of the box with it, put the server on that layer, pack in the sides very well, and then put another layer on top. Works great, I've shipped a bunch of servers all over the country this way and never had so much as a comment from a datacenter except "your server arrived in perfect condition". Using chunks of styrofoam for the corners really helps too.
FedEx is always great to work with, never had a complaint there and since some datacenters only accept UPS and FedEx I'd rather choose FedEx.
Peanuts are a terrible idea unless you put them in bags. Otherwise the peanuts don't do anything and just get pushed out of the way by the server. Best way to damage a server during shipping is to just pack it in with peanuts. Tried it one night when we had no other options knowing it was probably a bad idea and got gruesome pictures back from the DC.
No seriously you asked a good question I wouldn't use UPS I sent a $2k samuri sword they broke the case and messed it up so much because they didnt package it right they just put it in a tiny lil box stuffing it in there with no room, they should of put a bigger box. PLUS they didn't put anything in the box to make sure it wouldn't raddle and move.
So this is essentially the exact same problem asbestos poses via the same process?
So people are afraid it might cause cancer but it hasn't been proven in over 15 years to do so?
Its posts like this, that make salt a necessity when seeking advice from online forums.
Fiberglas particulate is well proven to cause longterm respiratory damage, and using it for packing is an asinine suggestion.
I know if customers shipped their gear to our facility, wrapped in fibreglass, I'd ship it right back at their expense (because you know the server is going to be full of it, we dont wear respirators/masks while working in the facility obviously).
1) Print out the mapquest directions
2) Bring it outside to your vehicle
3) Open your passenger door
4) Put it on the seat
5) Put the seat belt around it
6) Ensure your mapquest papers are in your visor
7) Start driving to your DC
8) Get the owner of the DC to pay for your lunch and dinner
9) Drive home