Caution: tight 1650 rails

Jeremy Stoltz jstoltz at
Tue Apr 30 20:01:01 CDT 2002

Rapid Rails for Dell Rack - Made for 4 post racks with square holes. The
rails just snap in and require no tools.

Rails for 3rd Party Rack - This is what I think my servers came with, the
box calls then V-Rails ;) They use 6 screws to mount in the rack. The rails
have a threaded plate which goes on the inside of the rail. I have a third
party rack with square holes so the rapid rails would of worked. These work
too just require tools. They look like they would work in an HP rack with
round holes fine as well. They won't work in a 4 post rack with threaded
holes similar to a telco rack.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Philip Rowlands" <phr at>
To: "Vsevolod Ilyushchenko" <simonf at>
Cc: <linux-poweredge at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 4:49 PM
Subject: Re: Caution: tight 1650 rails

> On Tue, 30 Apr 2002, Vsevolod Ilyushchenko wrote:
> >The default RapidRails can only be installed in a four-post rack where
> >distance between vertical rails is between 28 and 29 inches. These are
> >least flexible rails I have ever seen. My two (non-Dell) racks turned out
> >to have 27.5 and 29.5 inches, so I am out of luck.
> If I go to, Small Business, Servers, Rack Optimised,
> PowerEdge 1650, Customize, then I get the following choices under
> "Chassis Configuration":
> - Rapid Rails for Dell Rack
> - Rails for 3rd Party Rack
> - 2 Post Rail Kit
> - No Rails
> I assume the third is a "telco" rack, although I've never used this
> type.
> The first two rail options cost the same. Did you not get these choices?
> Can anyone confirm/deny that "Rails for 3rd Party Rack" are suitable?
> (I'm thinking of buying some PE 1650s soon. Not being able to rack em'
> up would be a problem).
> Cheers,
> Phil
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