4 Steps to Fix a Neglected Server Room

It’s time for a routine cable patching job at a network point. But there’s a problem: the cabling is messy and unlabeled. Is it really affecting its functionality? Technically, it doesn’t.
SPOTO trainer Jeremy Cioara explains that he has “been in hundreds” of server rooms and can give you a physical representation about all the documentation and configurations that go into making a network work. We also know that even if your server room is messy, a network can still be perfectly configured.
It is nerve-wracking to have to trace a network cable in a knotted mess of cables in a live environment. A single mistake could bring down a critical server, or core switch, making you the most disliked person in the building.
Things could have been much more efficient and less stressful if there had been a cable management system. Don’t worry! It’s never too late to get your network infrastructure in order. We’ll be looking at the basics of cable management and how they can assist you in managing your network day-to-day.
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You’re in great shape if you can oversee a new installation. This scenario is actually demonstrated by Jeremy in his IT Expertise course, Installing Network Cabling & Devices. This is your chance to start from scratch by creating a site plan and creating network layout diagrams. You can place your server and storage arrays exactly how you want them. Awesome.
For everyone else, however, there’s a huge clean up. This includes a lot of retroactive labeling and cable re-routing, tracing, untangling cables, and general hard work. This is more the reality. Jeremy’s new IT Expertise course Building and Configuring a Business Switch Network exposes the realities IT professionals face every day in messy server rooms all over the globe.
Planning is the most important thing. All your efforts must be documented in the same way as a new installation. This means that you need to sit down and plan how to label each segment.
The hard part is the cleaning up or the installation of your IT infrastructure. Management pressure and tight deadlines are great motivators to get the job done on schedule. Make sure the incentives are clear so you can complete the job as quickly as possible. The real work begins when you manage your server or network room day to day and all the processes that follow.
Cabling Standards are There for a Reason
Once you have a good idea of how your cable labeling and naming conventions will work, it’s time to color code your cable runs.
It may not always be possible, especially if you are only cleaning up the cables and not running them yourself. However, you can still color code the patch cables that run from your patch panels into your network switches. This is extremely useful as it allows you to see exactly where you are at any given moment.
Cable tension is another important factor to consider. Make sure your cables are correctly measured and that they are not pulling on the connector sockets. It is more difficult to diagnose an intermittent connection than a broken one. Make sure you have enough slack, and you aren’t pulling on your connectors.
You must run power cables separately within your server enclosures and network cabinets. This will ensure that they are not in the way. This ensures that they are not accidentally unplugged. Fastenin