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Site Preparation Checklist for a QFX5100 Device


The checklist in Table 1 summarizes the tasks you need to perform when preparing a site for QFX5100 deviceinstallation.

Table 1: Site Preparation Checklist

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Determine whether the QFX5100 device will operate:

  • standalone

  • as a member in a Virtual Chassis

  • as a spine or leaf in a Virtual Chassis Fabric (VCF)

  • as a node in a QFabric




Verify that environmental factors such as temperature and humidity do not exceed switch tolerances.

Environmental Requirements and Specifications for a QFX5100 Device




Measure the distance between external power sources and switch installation site.




Calculate the power consumption and requirements.

AC Power Specifications for a QFX5100 Device



Rack or Cabinet

Verify that your rack or cabinet meets the minimum requirements for the installation of the switch.

Rack Requirements for a QFX5100 Device

Cabinet Requirements for a QFX5100 Device



Plan rack or cabinet location, including required space clearances.

Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance for a QFX5100 Device



Secure the rack or cabinet to the floor and building structure.





Acquire cables and connectors:

  • Determine the number of cables needed based on your planned configuration.

  • Review the maximum distance allowed for each cable. Choose the length of cable based on the distance between the hardware components being connected.



Plan the cable routing and management.