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How to reserve a Windows server room location

When designing a data center, you'll need to reserve a location for your Windows server room. In this tip, Bernie Klinders shows you how to choose and reserve the ideal spot.

In any new building, every department wants to have first choice for office space. Politics aside, the physical location of the Windows server room is critical and IT should have priority for space location when possible.

With your data center size requirements in hand, scout a position that considers the room's horizontal and vertical aspects. Your location should also be centrally located, as that will minimize cabling costs and lengths throughout the building.

You should try to stay away from basement and ground floor levels, where you run the risk of flooding in the basement and roof leaks on the top floors. Windows server rooms that border outside walls can make temperature and humidity control difficult, especially if they have windows. Look for locations that allow for expansion.

You will also want to avoid areas where plumbing runs directly across the ceiling of the server room, or locations where a bathroom is overhead on the next floor. Consider re-routing some pipes if necessary. In addition, avoid locations of the building with high traffic, for physical security reasons. For instance, I would not place a server room near a lobby, cafeteria or other publicly accessible area. Scout the locations adjacent to the server room and look for anticipated cable run areas for problem areas that may generate large electrical or magnetic fields such as elevator shafts.


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Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget

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