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Install and Remove QFX5100 Fan Modules

Installing a Fan Module in a QFX5100 Device

Before you install a fan module in a QFX5100 device, ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage (see Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage).

The fan modules in a QFX5100 device are hot-removable and hot-insertable field-replaceable units (FRUs): you can remove and replace them without powering off the switch or disrupting switch functions.

CAUTION:

Replace a failed fan module with a new fan module within 1 minute of removal to prevent chassis overheating. Before removing the fan module, ensure you have a replacement fan module at hand.

Note:

The fan module provides FRU-to-port or port-to-FRU airflow depending on the switch product SKU you purchase. In legacy switches, or switches with an LCD, this airflow is called front to back and back to front.

To install a fan module in a QFX5100 device (see Figure 1 and Figure 2):

  1. Attach the ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the strap to the ESD point on the chassis.
  2. Taking care not to touch the connectors, remove the fan module from its bag.
  3. Align the module with the open slot on the management panel of the chassis and slide it in until it is fully seated.
    CAUTION:

    Damage can occur if you attempt to install a fan module into a chassis with a different airflow direction. Compare the switch product SKU with the airflow marking on the handle to ensure that you are installing a fan module with the same airflow direction as the chassis. The fan modules are designed so that they can only be inserted into the QFX5100 product SKU that supports the same airflow type. See Cooling System and Airflow in a QFX5100 Device for more information.

  4. Using a Phillips screwdriver, turn the locking screw until it is tight.
Figure 1: Installing a Fan Module in a 1 U QFX5100 DeviceInstalling a Fan Module in a 1 U QFX5100 Device
Figure 2: Installing a Fan Module in a 2 U QFX5100-96S DeviceInstalling a Fan Module in a 2 U QFX5100-96S Device

Removing a Fan Module from a QFX5100 Device

Before you remove a fan module from a QFX5100 device, ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage (see Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage).

Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to remove a fan module from a QFX5100 device:

  • ESD grounding strap

  • Antistatic bag or an antistatic mat

The fan modules in QFX5100 devices are hot-removable and hot-insertable field-replaceable units (FRUs): you can remove and replace them without powering off the switch or disrupting switch functions.

CAUTION:

Replace a failed fan module with a new fan module within 1 minute of removal to prevent chassis overheating. Before removing the fan module, ensure you have a replacement fan module at hand.

To remove a fan module from a QFX5100 device (see Figure 3 and Figure 4):

  1. Place the antistatic bag or the antistatic mat on a flat, stable surface.
  2. Attach the ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the strap to the ESD point on the chassis.
  3. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the locking screw (3 or 4 turns).
  4. Grasp the handle on the fan module and squeeze the outside of the handle to release the module.
    Warning:

    To avoid injury, do not touch the fan with your hands or any tools as you slide the fan module out of the chassis—the fan might still be running.

  5. Pull firmly to slide the fan module halfway out of the chassis.
  6. When the fan stop spinning, slide the fan module completely out of the chassis.
  7. Place the fan module in the antistatic bag or on the antistatic mat placed on a flat, stable surface.
Figure 3: Removing a Fan Module from a 1 U QFX5100 DeviceRemoving a Fan Module from a 1 U QFX5100 Device
Figure 4: Removing a Fan Module from a 2 U QFX5100-96S DeviceRemoving a Fan Module from a 2 U QFX5100-96S Device
Note:

When a fan module is removed, the CLI message Fan/Blower is Absent is logged in the system log, and the system raises a minor alarm.