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2020 - Time for a rack

Lock down happened. What better way to spend the idle time than to DIY a wooden server rack?

The wooden server rack is made from 2x4s, which I got laying around, long before the pandemic skyrocket the cost of wood.



Drawer rails from Home Depot works well as rails for servers.


From top to bottom:

  • 24-Port Patch Panel, using Keystone RJ45 Pass-through Jacks
  • Cisco SG200-52P PoE Gigabit Switch
  • 1U empty server case, used as a rack shelf, for holding the pfSense Mini PC
  • 2U ESXI DMZ Server
    • Runs Minecraft, Plex, Resume Website, and Wordpress Blog
    • Intel i7-4790K
    • 32GB (4x8) DDR3 RAM
    • Asus Z97 Motherboard
    • 3x 256GB SSD as ESXI Datastore
    • Nvidia P400 for Plex Transcoding
  • 4U ESXI Main Server
    • Runs TrueNAS, Unifi Controller, Pi-Hole, and a bunch of Winodws and Linux VMs
    • Dual Intel Xeon E3-2650L
    • 128GB (16x8) DDR3 ECC RAM
    • AsRock Rack EP2C602-4L/D16 Motherboard
    • LSI 9300 HBA card for all the HDDs
    • 2x 1TB SSD as ESXI Datastore
  • APC 1500VA UPS
  • CyberPower 1500VA UPS


As COVID continues to rage on, my brother moved back home from college. His server equipment are added to the DIY rack.

Now there's one more 4U server, along with a few Raspberry Pi 3s.

Previously, I run Pi-Hole inside a VM on the ESXI host. With the Raspberry Pis as the physical Pi-Hole server, I don't have to worry about not having DNS resolution when I do maintenance on the ESXI Hosts.