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Maintaining Virtual Chassis Cable

 

Disconnecting a Virtual Chassis Cable from an EX4200 Switch

If you need to disconnect an EX4200 switch from a Virtual Chassis configuration, you need to disconnect the Virtual Chassis cable from the Virtual Chassis ports (VCPs).

Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available:

  • A cross-head screwdriver (provided in the uplink module kit)

To disconnect a Virtual Chassis cable from an EX4200 switch (see Figure 1):

  1. Loosen the screws on the cable connector retainer by using the cross-head screwdriver.
  2. Slide the cable connector retainer back.
  3. Gently pull the release pull tab on the Virtual Chassis cable connector to release the lock holding the Virtual Chassis cable connector in the Virtual Chassis port.
  4. Gently pull the Virtual Chassis cable connector out of the Virtual Chassis port.
Figure 1: Virtual Chassis Cable Connector in an EX4200 Switch
Virtual Chassis Cable Connector in an EX4200 Switch
Note

If you order Virtual Chassis cables separately, you must reuse the cable connector retainers provided with the original cable or order Virtual Chassis cable connector retainers also separately.

Connecting a Virtual Chassis Cable to an EX4200 Switch

EX4200 switches have two Virtual Chassis ports on the rear panel. You can use the Virtual Chassis ports to interconnect up to 10 EX4200 switches, enabling them to operate as a unified single high bandwidth switch. To see illustrations of a few Virtual Chassis cabling configuration examples, see Virtual Chassis Cabling Configuration Examples for EX4200 Switches.

Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available:

  • A cross-head screwdriver (provided in the uplink module kit)

Note

If you order Virtual Chassis cables separately, you must reuse the cable connector retainers provided with the original cable or order Virtual Chassis cable connector retainers also separately.

To connect a Virtual Chassis cable to an EX4200 switch (see Figure 2):

  1. Taking care not to touch module components, pins, leads, or solder connections, remove the Virtual Chassis cable from its bag.
  2. Using both hands, place the Virtual Chassis cable connector in the empty Virtual Chassis port and slide it in gently until it is fully seated.
  3. Slide the cable connector retainer over the Virtual Chassis cable connector.
  4. Tighten the screws on the cable connector retainer by using the cross-head screwdriver.
Figure 2: Connecting a Virtual Chassis Cable to an EX4200 Switch
Connecting a Virtual Chassis Cable to an EX4200 Switch