Now that's what I call homelabbing!
Nice Rack Bro
A friend of mine who worked in IT messaged me in regards to selling a full-height 43u rack. I had absolutely no idea what I'd do with it, but part of me said do it.
Convincing my parents to let me put a 6ft+ metal rack in the basement wasn't the easiest of tasks, but I pulled the "puppy eyes" trick and got a yes out of mom.
I coordinated getting it "delivered" via my friend's dad's minivan and $100 later I slapped it in my basement and started loading it up.
Now, I hadn't purchased any rack-mountable hardware yet, but luckily it came with a shelf and some rails, so I of course I slapped that Inspiron 580 on it!
I also zip-tied an 8-port switch to the side! Gotta have networking right?
Getting that rack marked the beginning of an era for me, and I'll never forget the day I smiled as they hauled it down those steps... Unforgettable...