Computer Room RULES
Copyright (C) 1996, 2006
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1. Label practically everything.
- Clearly label all equipment with its hostname or other identifier,
on both the front and back panels.
- Label all peripherals with the hostname and device name or number
- Label all cords and cables greater than 1 meter long, at both ends,
with the name of the host or equipment, the port number on the
equipment if more than one (e.g. host:le0), and the type of cable if
ambiguous (e.g. "RS-232" on RJ-11 cords).
- Label phone cords with their type and group-number (e.g. "Modem
1", "ISDN 3") at both ends, and each jack with its directory number.
- Label data circuit cords (e.g. RJ-48S), at both ends, with the name
of the far end of the circuit (e.g. "Trumbull"), and each jack with its
2. Dress all cords and cables neatly.
- Do not run any cables across the floor, or suspended in a catenary.
- Run all cables inside an approved cable duct, even under a raised
- Support all cables greater than 1 meter long at regular intervals
along their length, not more than 0.5 meter apart. Tie cables to fixed
supports near the ends.
- Run cables between enclosures only through the intended entry
areas. Close all doors and panels afterward.
- Do not run "temporary" cords or cables in violation of these
rules, even for an instant. GET A LONGER CABLE. Where electrical
specifications limit cable length (e.g. SCSI), relocate the equipment.
3. Install all equipment in fixed racks, if possible.
- Obtain rack-mount kits, if not supplied.
- Pay attention to unit boundaries (1.75"); the holes are not evenly spaced.
4. Remove all unused equipment from the racks.
5. Do not store equipment or materials in the computer room.
6. Keep all surfaces neat and clean at all times.