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Installing the QFX10008 into a Rack

 

You can install a QFX10008 router into a rack by using a mechanical lift, or you can install it manually. The following sections describe both the procedures.

Mounting a QFX10008 in a 4-Post Rack Using a Mechanical Lift

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

Note

For instructions on installing a switch without using a mechanical lift, see Manually Mounting a QFX10008 in a 4-Post Rack.

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.

Before you install the switch:

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

  • A mechanical lift rated for 350 lbs. (158.8 kg)

  • 14 mounting screws appropriate for your rack

  • A Phillips (+) screwdriver, number 2 or number 3, depending on the size of your 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 1):

  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 QFX10000 Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance.
  2. Load the switch onto the lift, making sure it rests securely on the lift platform.
    Figure 1: 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 base brackets.
  4. Lift the chassis approximately 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) above the surface of the base brackets. Align the chassis as close as possible to the base brackets.
  5. Carefully slide the chassis onto the adjustable base and rear mounting brackets until the chassis flanges contact the rack rails. The mounting brackets ensure that the holes in the flanges align with the holes in the rack rails. See Figure 2.
    Figure 2: Attaching the Chassis Flanges to the Rack
    Attaching the Chassis Flanges
to the Rack
  6. Move the lift away from the rack.
  7. Attach the chassis to the rack by installing a mounting screw through the open flange holes and 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 using a screwdriver..
  10. After you install the mounting screws and securely bolt the chassis to the rack, reinstall the components in the chassis.

Manually Mounting a QFX10008 in a 4-Post Rack

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:

  1. Prepare the site for installation as described in QFX10008 Site Preparation Checklist.
  2. Ensure the site has adequate clearance for both airflow and hardware maintenance as described in QFX10000 Clearance Requirements for Airflow and Hardware Maintenance.
  3. Unpack the switch as described in Unpacking the Chassis.
  4. Remove all components except the two fan tray controllers from the chassis. See:
  5. Install the mounting hardware at the desired position (see Installing the Mounting Hardware for a QFX10000).
  6. Review chassis lifting guidelines as described in Chassis and Component Lifting Guidelines.

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 screws

To install the switch in the rack or cabinet (see Figure 4):

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 base and rear 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 base and rear brackets installed in a four-post rack. See Figure 3.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 3: Lifting the QFX10008 Without Using a Mechanical Lift
    Lifting the QFX10008 Without
Using a Mechanical Lift
  4. Carefully slide the switch onto the base and rear mounting brackets until the chassis flanges contact the rack rails. The mounting brackets ensure that the holes in the flanges align with the holes in the rack rails. See Figure 4.
  5. Attach the chassis to the rack by installing a mounting screw through the open flange holes and 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 4: 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. See: