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    Manually Mounting a QFX10008

    If you cannot use a mechanical lift to install the switch (the preferred method), you can install it manually.

    Caution: The chassis weighs approximately 145 lb (66 kg) with only the fan tray controllers installed. Lifting the chassis and mounting it in a rack or cabinet requires at least three people. Make sure the chassis is empty (contains only the backplane) before you lift it.

    The chassis has two handles that are designed for subtle positioning of the chassis. Do not lift the chassis by the handles.

    Caution: Before front-mounting the switch in a rack, have a qualified technician verify that the rack is strong enough to support the switch's weight and is adequately supported at the installation site.

    Before you install the switch, remove all components except the two fan tray controllers from the chassis. For details on how to remove switch components, such as control boards, fan trays, power supplies, and SIBs, see QFX10008 Switch Hardware Guide at

    Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to install the switch:

    • 14 mounting screws appropriate for your rack
    • A Phillips (+) screwdriver, number 2 or number 3, depending on the size of your rack-mounting screws

    To install the switch in the rack or cabinet:

    Caution: If you are installing more than one switch in a rack or cabinet, install the first one at the bottom of the rack. Do not attempt to install a switch manually in an upper position in a rack or cabinet.

    1. Ensure that the rack or cabinet is placed in its permanent location and is secured to the building.
    2. Align the switch in front of the rack or cabinet, centering it in front of the adjustable mounting brackets. Use a pallet jack if one is available.
    3. With one person on each side and one person in the rear, hold the bottom of the chassis and carefully lift it onto the adjustable mounting brackets installed in a four-post rack. See Figure 8.

      Warning: To prevent injury, keep your back straight and lift with your legs, not your back. Do not twist your body as you lift. Balance the load evenly and be sure that your footing is firm.

      Figure 8: Lifting the QFX10008 Without Using a Mechanical Lift

      Lifting the QFX10008 Without
Using a Mechanical Lift
    4. Carefully slide the switch onto the mounting brackets until the front-mounting brackets attached to the chassis contact the rack rails. The mounting brackets ensure that the holes in the front-mounting brackets attached to the chassis align with the holes in the rack rails.
    5. Install a mounting screw into each of the open front-mounting holes aligned with the rack, starting from the bottom.
    6. Visually inspect the alignment of the chassis. If the chassis is installed properly in the rack, all the mounting screws on one side of the rack are aligned with the mounting screws on the opposite side and the switch is level.
    7. After ensuring that the switch is aligned properly, tighten the screws.

    Figure 9: Installing a QFX10008 in a 4-Post Rack

    Installing a QFX10008 in
a 4-Post Rack

    After you install the mounting screws and securely bolt the chassis to the rack, reinstall the components in the chassis. For information on how to install switch components, see QFX10008 Switch Hardware Guide at

    Modified: 2016-02-08