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    Mounting the QFX10008 Using a Mechanical Lift

    Because of the switch's size and weight, we strongly recommend using a mechanical lift to install the QFX10008.

    Caution: Do not install line cards in the chassis until after you mount the chassis securely on a rack or cabinet.

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

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

    • A mechanical lift rated for 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)
    • 14 mounting screws appropriate for your rack
    • A Phillips (+) screwdriver, number 2 or number 3, depending on the size of your rack-mounting screws

    Caution: If you are installing more than one switch in a rack or cabinet, install the first switch at the bottom of the rack.

    To install the switch using a mechanical lift (see Figure 6):

    1. Ensure that the rack or cabinet is placed in its permanent location and is secured to the building. Ensure that the installation site allows adequate clearance for both airflow and maintenance. For details, see Cooling and Airflow Requirements.
    2. Load the switch onto the lift, making sure it rests securely on the lift platform.

      Figure 6: Loading the QFX10008 into a Rack Using a Mechanical Lift

      Loading the QFX10008 into
a Rack Using a Mechanical Lift
    3. Using the lift, align the switch in front of the rack, centering it in front of the mounting brackets.
    4. Lift the chassis approximately 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) above the surface of the mounting brackets. Align the chassis as close as possible to the mounting brackets.
    5. Carefully slide the chassis onto the adjustable 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 align with the holes in the rack rails. See Figure 7.

      Figure 7: Attaching Front-Mounting Brackets

      Attaching Front-Mounting Brackets
    6. Move the lift away from the rack.
    7. Install a mounting screw into each of the open front-mounting holes aligned with the rack, starting from the bottom.
    8. Visually inspect the alignment of the switch. If the switch 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.
    9. After ensuring that the switch is aligned properly, tighten the screws.

    Modified: 2016-02-08