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    Installing VXA2000, VXA2002, and VXA2010 Content Engines

    To install a Content Engine:

    1. Place the shipping container on a flat surface and remove the hardware components with care.

      Caution: Do not allow the unpackaged appliance or any edge or surface of the appliance to drop more than 3 inches, unsupported. An unsupported drop onto a hard surface from a height greater than 3 inches can cause irreparable physical damage to the storage media. Place impact-absorbing material under the appliance to prevent loss of storage drive functionality in such cases.

    2. Attach the supplied mounting ears, rails, and brackets based on whether you intend to use a front-and-rear mounting method or a midappliance mounting method.
    3. Lift the appliance into position.

      Caution: Because of the VXA Series Content Engine’s size and weight—up to 53 lb 11 oz. (24.4 kg) depending on the configuration—we strongly recommend that you install the appliance using a mechanical lift or with three people (two to lift and one to secure the appliance to the rack).

    4. Align the holes on the mounting brackets with the holes on both sides of the equipment rack.
    5. Secure the appliance to the rack with thread-forming screws, and place external-tooth, paint-piercing lock washers between the screw head and the mounting bracket to create a reliable low-resistance ground bond between the chassis and the rack.
    6. Connect power to the appliance.

      Redundant DC power supplies are provided with the VXA Series Content Engine. For more information about configuring a DC power supply, see Connecting Power to DC-Powered VXA Series Content Engines.

      For the optional AC power supplies, connect AC power cords provided with the appliance or sourced locally. See Connecting Power to AC-Powered VXA Series Content Engines.

    7. To connect to a local management device, plug the supplied Ethernet cable into the console port on the front panel.

      For more information, see Connecting a Console Server to VXA Series Content Engines.

    8. To connect to your network, plug cables you supply into the desired Ethernet ports on the front panel.
    9. Power on the appliance.

      See Powering On VXA2000, VXA2002, and VXA2010 Content Engines.

      When you turn on the power, the internal port uses two LEDs to indicate the LAN connection status. See Table 1.

      Table 1: VXA Series LED Behavior

      LAN Status

      Left LED (Link)

      Right LED (Speed)

      10 Mbps connection

      Solid green = Link

      Momentary blinking = Activity


      100 Mbps connection

      Solid green = Link

      Momentary blinking = Activity


      1 Gbps connection

      Solid green = Link

      Momentary blinking = Activity


      10 Gbps connection

      Solid green = Link

      Momentary blinking = Activity


      No connection




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    Published: 2013-03-21