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Platform Installation

About installing the platform

After you have reviewed the hardware requirements and become familiar with the VIPRION® 4800 Series platform, you can install the chassis.

Warning: Due to the weight of the platform, at least two people are required to install this chassis into a rack. Failing to use two people can result in severe personal injury or equipment damage.
Important: Before you install this platform, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform into a compatible rack and in the appropriate environment.
Important: F5® strongly recommends that you install the chassis into a rack before you install any blades. This ensures that the weight of the chassis remains manageable as you install the chassis into a rack.
Note: After you install a blade, wait approximately one to two minutes before installing another to ensure that each blade has sufficient time to boot. When the Status LED is green, the blade is fully booted.

Hardware included with the VIPRION 4800 AC chassis

The VIPRION® 4800 AC chassis should include all of the hardware components listed here.

Quantity Hardware
2 AC power cables, black (C19 to NEMA 6-20P)
Note: The base system includes two power supplies, but the chassis supports up to four power supplies. Two power supplies provide redundancy for up to three blades.
1 Quick-install rack mount kit (includes left hand and right hand brackets)
2 Rack mount brackets (left and right)
12 M4 x 10MM socket screws
8 Thumb screws
1 Front bezel (with LCD component)
1 #2 Phillips head screwdriver
2 Cable managers
16 Hook and loop straps
8 Cable ties (for power cable dressing)

Additional equipment for installing the VIPRION 4800 AC chassis

This additional equipment is required to install the VIPRION® 4800 AC chassis.

Quantity Hardware
1 12 AWG copper ground wire (color code insulation, as required)
1 Two-hole grounding terminal lug, 0.27 inch (0.69 cm) holes on 0.63 inch (1.60 cm) centers
1 Crimping tool for the ground wire (if crimp-style lug is used)
1 2.5 mm hex socket wrench (for two-post installations only)
1 20 inch-pound-capable torque wrench (for two-post installations only)

Hardware included with the VIPRION 4800 DC chassis

The VIPRION® 4800 DC chassis should include all of the hardware components listed here.

Quantity Hardware
4 DC connectors
1 Quick-install rack mount kit (includes left hand and right hand brackets)
2 Rack mount brackets (left and right)
12 M4 x 10MM socket screws
8 Thumb screws
1 Front bezel (with LCD component)
1 #2 Phillips head screwdriver
2 Cable managers
16 Hook and loop straps
8 Cable ties (for power cable dressing)

Additional equipment for installing the VIPRION 4800 Series DC chassis

This equipment is required to install the VIPRION® 4800 Series DC chassis:

Quantity Hardware
1 Rack-mounted power disconnect
1 2 AWG copper ground wire
8 (minimum) 2 AWG copper wiring leads for four power supplies
1 Two hole grounding terminal lug, 2 AWG, .27 inch (.69 cm) holes on .63 inch (1.6 cm) centers
1 Crimping tool for the ground wire
1 Screwdriver, #2 Phillips head or flat-head
1 2.5 mm hex socket wrench (for two-post installations only)
1 20 inch-pound-capable torque wrench (for two-post installations only)

Hardware included with blades

The VIPRION® B4000 Series blades should include all of the hardware components listed here.

Note: The VIPRION 4800 platform supports only B4300 and B4400 Series blades.
Quantity Hardware
1 RJ45 to DB9 console port cable, beige
1 RJ45F to RJ45M rolled adapter, beige
2 SFP+ 10G transceiver modules
1 Electrical static discharge (ESD) strap

Peripheral hardware requirements

For each platform, you might need to provide additional peripheral hardware. If you plan to remotely administer the system, it would be helpful to have a workstation already connected to the same subnet as the management interface.

Type of hardware Description
Network hubs, switches, or connectors to connect to the platform network interface ports You must provide networking devices that are compatible with the network interface ports on the platform. You can use either 10/100/1000/10000-Megabit or 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet switches.
External USB CD/DVD drive or USB flash drive You can use a USB-certified CD/DVD mass storage device or a USB flash drive for installing upgrades and for system recovery.
Note: F5® recommends that external CD/DVD drives be externally powered.
Serial console You can remotely manage the platform by connecting to a serial console terminal server through the console port.
Important: In the event that network access is impaired or not yet configured, the serial console might be the only way to access the chassis. You should perform all installations and upgrades using the serial console, as these procedures require reboots, in which network connectivity is lost temporarily.
Management workstation on the same IP network as the platform You can use the default platform configuration if you have a management workstation set up.

About installing the chassis

You should select a location for installing the VIPRION 4800 Series chassis that is easy to access for adding or removing power supplies, the fan tray, or blades, as well as for servicing the air filters. The location should also provide adequate ventilation to allow sufficient airflow through the platform. The platform employs a negative pressure fan system, which draws cold air in from the front of the chassis and exhausts hot air out the back of the chassis. After you have identified the intended location for the platform, you can install the chassis into the rack.

The VIPRION 4800 chassis comes pre-installed with rack mount brackets and lift handles. The rack mount brackets are attached to the sides of the chassis, but you can move them to the middle of the chassis if you are installing into a two-post rack. The tasks required to install the platform differ depending on the type of rack or cabinet unit you are installing into (single two-post cabinet or four-post cabinet).

The chassis is designed for 19-inch racks. If you are installing into a wider rack, you will need to provide adapters. The four-point rack mounting rail kit will not work with 23-inch racks.

Important: Before you install this platform, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform into a compatible rack and in the appropriate environment.
Important: This product is sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). F5® recommends that you use proper ESD grounding procedures and equipment when you install or maintain the unit.

Unpacking the chassis

The chassis ships in a custom-designed package that protects the product during shipment. Due to the weight of the chassis, there is a specific procedure that you must follow to ensure that you remove the chassis from its packaging safely and securely.
Warning: To ensure your safety and to prevent damage to the chassis, at least two people are required to remove the chassis from the shipping pallet.
  1. Use a cart or lift to move the shipping pallet to a stable surface.
    Shipping box with factory straps
  2. Remove the shipping straps securing the chassis to the pallet.
    Shipping box without straps
  3. Remove the top from the corrugated shroud.
    Box with top removed
  4. Lift the handles on the accessory tray, remove it from the packaging, and then set it aside.
    Accessory tray
  5. Remove the foam insert containing the power cables and set it aside.
    Foam insert
  6. Lift up to remove the corrugated shroud protecting the chassis.
    Corrugated shroud removed
  7. Remove the plastic wrapping from the chassis.
    Chassis after removing plastic
  8. Use the included #2 Phillips screwdriver to remove the pan head screws securing the red pallet mount brackets to the chassis.
    The screwdriver is secured to the red pallet mount bracket on the right side of the chassis. Screwdriver
  9. Use two people, and have each person grasp one of the lift handles on the front and back of the chassis and lift straight up to remove the platform from the shipping box.
    You can also slide the chassis forward off the pallet onto a lift, if you are using one.
  10. Carefully move the platform to a flat surface and set it down until you are ready to install the platform into a rack.

About installing into a four-post rack

For four-post rack installations, you use the quick-install rack mount brackets.

Installing the quick-install rack mount brackets into the rack

Before you install the chassis, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform in the appropriate environment.
The quick-install rack mount kit includes two rack mount brackets (left and right) and eight #8-32 thumb screws. The brackets snap into place in the rack, and no tools are required to install a platform using this kit. The brackets are optimized for installation into square hole cabinets, but they can be installed in other cabinet styles, such as round hole cabinets, using the screws provided. The brackets are easily converted to mount to either cabinet style.
  1. Locate the quick-install rack mount brackets included with the chassis.
    These brackets, along with their corresponding screws, are in the accessory tray that is included with the chassis.
    Quick-install rack mount brackets
  2. Rotate the end of the bracket to match the rack hole type:
    • Use the square hole side for square style holes.

      Square style
    • Use the thread hole side for threaded (round or tapped) style holes.

      Threaded style
  3. Extend the brackets to approximately the length of the rack.
  4. Install the brackets into the rack.
    • For square hole racks, align the brackets to the desired vertical position on the rack, and then insert the spring-loaded pins on the end of the bracket into the rack holes.
    • For threaded hole racks, extend the brackets, and then align the brackets to the desired vertical position on the rack.
    The brackets are designed to be installed on either the right or left sides. Look for the stamp on the front of the bracket that indicates either LH (left hand) or RH (right hand).
    Quick-install rack mount brackets
  5. Secure the bracket to the rack.
    • For square hole racks, use the included thumb screws to secure the bracket to the rack (optional, but recommended).
    • For round hole racks, use two 8-32 thumbscrews on each end of each bracket to secure it to the rack.
    Square hole rack secured

    An example of a bracket secured to a square hole rack

After you install the quick-install rack mount brackets, you can install the chassis into a rack.

Installing the chassis into a four-post rack

Before you install the chassis into a four-post rack, verify that the quick-install rack mount brackets and the front and back lift handles are securely installed.
F5 recommends that you use two or more people to install the chassis into a rack. Be sure to install the chassis before you install blades. You can remove the fan trays and power supplies to make the chassis lighter for installation.
Important: If you are installing the chassis into a high position on the rack or if only one person is installing the unit, be sure to use a lift or similar device.
Important: Before you install this platform, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform into a compatible rack and in the appropriate environment.
  1. Using two or more people, use the front lift handle to set the back of the unit on the front edge of the rack mount kit, and then slide the unit into the rack.
  2. Secure the chassis to the rack using four manufacturer-provided rack screws on each side.
    The chassis must be securely fastened to the rack to provide adequate stability and to prevent the unit from falling out of the rack.
    Chassis secured in rack

About installing into a two-post rack

For two-post rack installations, F5® recommends that the extra rack mount brackets that are provided be installed at the mid-chassis mount locations.

Important: For NEBS chassis installations into two-post racks, you must secure the chassis to the rack with rack mount brackets at the mid-chassis mount locations. Extra brackets and screws are provided for this type of installation so that the front brackets can still be used for mounting the cable managers.

Installing the chassis into a two-post rack

Before you install the chassis into a two-post rack, verify that the front and back lift handles are securely installed.
You need to install the chassis before you install blades. You can remove the fan trays and power supplies to make the chassis lighter for installation.
Important: F5® recommends that you use two or more people to install the chassis into a rack. If you are installing the chassis into a high position on the rack or if only one person is installing the unit, be sure to use a lift or similar device.
Important: Before you install this platform, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform into a compatible rack and in the appropriate environment.
  1. Locate the two extra rack mount brackets that were shipped separately with the chassis.
    The pre-installed rack mount brackets will remain attached to the chassis for mounting of the cable managers.
    Note: The quick-install rack mount brackets are not used for two-post rack installations. You can use an aftermarket shelf system to support the chassis during installation.
  2. Locate the mid-mount holes in the middle of each sidewall.
    There are left- and right-hand versions of the rack mount brackets, which are keyed using a tab on each bracket that engages a vertical keying slot in the sidewall.
    Mid-mount holes
  3. Install the rack mount brackets using the screws provided, using only a 2.5mm hex socket head driver.
    Important: Using screws other than those provided risks damage to the system.
    Install bracket
  4. Torque screws to 20 inch-pounds (2.3 Newton-meters).
  5. Use a lift device to lift and hold the chassis in place during installation, to prevent risk of injury to installers and/or damage to the system.
  6. With the chassis held in place on the rack, install at least five rack-manufacturer provided screws to each side in the positions identified below.
    Torque per the rack manufacturer's specification. You can use additional screws, if needed.
    Chassis rack mount points

Removing and storing the front lift handle

After you have installed the chassis into the rack, you can remove the front lift handle and store it on the back of the chassis.
  1. Locate the front lift handle on the front of the chassis.
  2. Loosen the captive screws securing the handle to the chassis using the included #2 Phillips screwdriver.
  3. Loosen the black screws on the lift handle and then adjust the length of the handle to fit the back of the chassis.
  4. Attach the front lift handle to the back of the chassis using the provided mounting holes.
    Front lift handle installed on back of chassis

Attaching the bezel (with LCD component)

You do not need special tools to attach the bezel (with LCD component).
  1. Grasp the bezel on either side, using the indentations provided.
    Note: Failure to use the indentations could result in pinched fingers.
  2. Align the guide pins on the bezel to the corresponding holes in the chassis.
    Aligning bezel
  3. Press the bezel onto the corresponding connections at the front of the chassis until it clicks into place.
    Pressing bezel into place

Installing the cable managers

The chassis includes two cable managers. You can install one or both cable managers onto the front of the chassis, above or below the blade slots. The cable managers are not directional.
Secure the cable managers in the desired position by tightening the screws clockwise.
There are installation holes provided in the pre-installed rack mount brackets.
Cable manager installed

Using the cable managers

The cable managers and included hook-and-loop tie straps help organize the cabling for the blades installed in the chassis.
To organize the cables, guide the cables through the C hooks, leaving some service loop so that the cable manager can be tilted.
The cable managers come with hook-and-loop tie straps that you can use to secure the cables. The straps loop through the slots in between the C hooks.
Using the cable manager

Adjusting the cable managers

The cable managers are adjustable to enable you to access various components on the front of the chassis. The top one tilts down for fan tray removal. Optionally, it can be tilted up to help improve access to the blades, if necessary. The lower one tilts up to access the chassis filter and power supplies. Like the top, it can be tilted down to improve access to the blades, if necessary.
Pull both of the triggers on each side toward you to disengage the latches and tilt the cable manager up or down.
Adjusting the cable manager

About grounding the chassis

You should ground the platform after you install it in a rack.

Do not secure multiple bonding or grounding connectors with the same bolt. The grounding connectors do not need to be removed to perform service or installation procedures. You can connect other bonding or grounding conductors to a grounding connector provided a reliable bond between the connector and the equipment is not disturbed during installation, service, or maintenance of the platform.

Important: All copper grounding cable compression-type terminal lugs used for grounding must meet all appropriate safety standards.
Note: The VIPRION 4800 Series platform must be grounded to a common bonding network (CBN).
AC ground lugs

AC chassis ground lugs

DC ground lugs

DC chassis ground lugs

Connecting the ground lug to the ground terminal

After the unit is installed in the rack and before you provide power to the system, you need to connect the grounding hardware.
  1. Attach a two-hole grounding terminal lug to 12 AWG copper ground wire.
  2. Install the M6 Keps nuts on the ground terminal lugs.
    Use 30 to 40 inch-pounds (3.4 to 4.5 Newton-meters) of torque on these Keps nuts.
  3. Connect the ground wire to a common bonding network (CBN).

About installing blades

The VIPRION® C4800 Series chassis supports up to eight B4300 or B4400 Series blades. For maximum performance, F5® recommends that you do not mix blade types.

When you initially receive the chassis, the slots that can contain these blades are filled with blanks. A blank must be installed in each empty slot to ensure proper thermal management and regulatory compliance. To add a new blade, you first remove the blank from the corresponding slot and then insert the blade. Be sure to keep the blanks in case you need to change the blade configuration later. You should not operate the chassis for an extended period of time without all slots populated.

Important: This product is sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). F5® recommends that you use proper ESD grounding procedures and equipment when you install or maintain the unit.
Note: Ensure that you supply power to the chassis prior to installing any blades.
Note: You should install blades into the chassis starting at the left slot (slot 1) and then in each subsequent empty slot.
Note: After you install a blade, wait approximately one to two minutes before installing another to ensure that each blade has sufficient time to boot. When the Status LED is green, the blade is fully booted.
Note: The last blade that you install in a fully-populated chassis typically requires more insertion force than the previous blades due to the cumulative compression of the electromagnetic interference (EMI) gaskets.

Removing a blank

If a blank is installed in the slot where you want to install a blade, you must remove it. If the slot does not contain a blank, you can skip this procedure.
  1. Select the slot in which you want to insert the blade.
  2. Turn the compression screws (located on both sides of the blank) until the locking indicator changes color from green (locked) to red (unlocked) and the screw fully disengages.
    Note: You might need to turn the compression screw several times to disengage the lock.
    Compression screws (locked and unlocked)
  3. Grasp the two eject levers on the front of the blank and pull toward you.
    Grasping eject lever
  4. Fully extend the eject levers on both sides of the blank and pull out toward you to remove the blank.
    Extending eject lever

Removing a blade

You can remove a blade from the chassis without powering down the system.
  1. Identify the blade that you would like to remove from the chassis.
  2. Halt the blade:
    1. Connect to the blade using the serial console.
    2. Halt the blade.
      halt
      The blade is halted when the system displays: halted.
  3. Disconnect all cables and remove any optical modules.
  4. Turn the compression screws, located on both sides of the blade, until the locking indicator changes color from green (locked) to red (unlocked) and the screw fully disengages.
    Compression screws (locked and unlocked)
  5. Grasp the two eject levers on the front of the blade and pull toward you.
    Grasping eject lever
  6. Fully extend the eject levers on both sides of the blade and pull out toward you to remove the blade.
    Extending eject lever

Installing a blade

Check if a blank is in the slot in which you want to install a blade. If so, you must first remove it.
You can install a blade in the chassis without powering down the system.
  1. Fully extend the eject levers, located on each side of the blade, into the open position.
  2. Carefully lift the blade and align the bottom of the blade with the appropriate white arrowheads printed on the chassis.
    Important: Verify that the blade is aligned with these arrows; otherwise, the blade does not seat correctly in the platform.

    Aligning blade
  3. Slide the blade in until it is fully seated in the slot.
    Note: You should install blades into the chassis starting at the left slot (slot 1) and then in each subsequent empty slot.
  4. When the eject levers engage the chassis, press the eject levers on the blade toward the center of the blade until locked in place.
    Press eject lever
  5. Turn the compression screws clockwise until they are completely secured to the platform in the green (locked) position.
    Note: The locking indicator on the compression screws turns green before the screws are completely secured to the platform; however, F5® highly recommends that you continue turning the screws until they are firmly secured.
  6. Repeat this process with each blade until all blades are secured in the unit.
    Note: After you install a blade, wait approximately one to two minutes before installing another to ensure that each blade has sufficient time to boot. When the Status LED is green, the blade is fully booted.

About powering the VIPRION 4800 Series AC platform

The AC platform ships with power cords that you must use with the installed power supplies to power the chassis. The base system includes two power supplies, but the chassis supports up to four power supplies.

Important: Do not use any power cords other than those specifically designed for the VIPRION 4800 Series platform.

Connecting AC power to the platform

You can connect the power cables to the platform after you install it in a rack.
  1. On the back of the platform, locate the power outlets that correspond to the locations of the power supplies. Each outlet is labeled to ensure that you connect each power cord to the appropriate outlet.
    VIPRION 4800 power receptacles
  2. Attach the power cord to the outlet until it is firmly seated.
    Attaching AC power cord
  3. Plug the power cord into an approved power source.
  4. Repeat this process for each power supply in the chassis.
  5. Verify that the LEDs on the front of the installed power supplies are lit to ensure that they are powered properly.
    The power supplies are located under the bottom bezel on the front of the chassis.
  6. Use the included zip ties to secure the power cables to the chassis.
    Secured AC power cord

About powering the VIPRION 4800 Series DC platform

If you ordered DC power as a factory option, your VIPRION® 4800 Series platform comes pre-installed with DC power supplies.

Before you power this VIPRION DC platform, see Guidelines for DC-powered equipment and Guidelines for VIPRION DC platform installation.

DC terminal

DC terminals on the back of the chassis

Connecting DC power to the platform

Important: Be sure that the DC power source is off and the ground lug is connected to the ground terminal before you connect the platform to the DC power source.
After the platform is installed in a rack, you can connect the platform to the DC power source. When you connect the DC power source, you should also follow the safety requirements defined for your network operations center (NOC).
Note: The default DC platform configuration includes two DC power supplies and four DC connectors.
  1. Strip approximately 0.75 inches (19 mm) of insulation off of each positive and negative wire where you connect the wire to the connector plug.
    Repeat for each of the four plugs.
    Wire stripped
  2. Use a #2 Phillips head screwdriver to torque the screw to 22-40 inch-pounds (2.5-4.5 Newton-meters).
    Repeat for each of the four plugs.
    Wire installed
  3. Connect the negative DC power lead to the -48V terminal on the connector plug.
    This is the terminal on the right-hand side of the plug as viewed from the rear of the chassis. It is also labeled on the chassis.
    DC terminal
  4. Connect the positive DC power lead to the +48V terminal on the connector plug.
    This is the terminal on the left-hand side of the plug as viewed from the rear of the chassis. It is also labeled on the chassis.
  5. Plug the connectors into the backplane connectors and secure them by tightening the two screws on each connector.
    Torque to 22-40 inch-pounds (2.5-4.5 Newton-meters).
  6. Use the included zip ties to secure the power cables to the slotted bracket below the connectors.
  7. Power on the DC power source.
    The system should begin to boot.

Connecting the cables and other hardware

After you have installed the chassis into the rack, connect the cables and other hardware.

Note: Serial (hard-wired) failover is not currently supported between VIPRION chassis. If you would like to set up device service clustering (DSC®), previously known as a redundant system configuration, you must configure network failover. For more information, see BIG-IP® Device Service Clustering: Administration.
  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to the MGMT port if you are using the default network configured on the management interface.
  2. Connect the platform to a serial console server.
    Important: In the event that network access is impaired or not yet configured, the serial console might be the only way to access the chassis. F5® strongly recommends that you perform all installations and upgrades using the serial console, as these procedures require reboots, in which network connectivity is lost temporarily.
    • Connect the serial console cable supplied by F5 to the CONSOLE port.
      Note: The default serial port settings are 19200, n, 8, 1.
    • Connect the RJ45F to RJ45M rolled serial adapter to the CONSOLE port if you are connecting the system to a serial console server with a standard CAT5 cable, and then connect the CAT5 cable to the adapter. The adapter provides the appropriate pinout connection to your equipment.
      RJ45F to RJ45M adapter

      The RJ45F to RJ45M rolled serial (pass-through) adapter

  3. If you have not already done so, power on the chassis.

You can now assign a cluster IP address to the system, and then license and provision the software.

Optionally, you should run the latest version of the qkview utility. This utility collects configuration and diagnostic information about your system into a single file that you can provide to F5 Support to aid in troubleshooting. For more information, see http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/1000/800/sol1858.html.

About cluster management

The management IP address for a cluster is known as the cluster IP address. The cluster IP address enables you to access the browser-based Configuration utility to configure other aspects of the product, such as the product license, VLANs, trunks, and so on. Connecting to the cluster IP address connects you to the primary blade in the system.

With VIPRION® platforms, you assign cluster IP addresses on a per-cluster basis. Initially, all blades installed in the chassis belong to a single default cluster. During the initial setup, you only need to assign a single cluster IP address.

A blade within a cluster is known as a cluster member. You can assign a management IP address to each cluster member.

Important: When you configure an IP address for a blade, that IP address corresponds to the slot in which the blade resides. If you replace that blade with another, the new blade automatically receives the previously-configured management IP address, provided that a second operating blade is installed in the system. At least one operational blade is required at all time to preserve the existing configuration data.

You can manage clusters using these methods:

  • LCD panel
  • config utility
  • tmsh commands

Configuring the cluster IP address from the LCD

You can use the LCD panel to configure the cluster IP address. The options for cluster and blade management are located in the Cluster menu item under the System menu.
Note: When using the LCD to manage clusters, be sure to use the Commit menu option after changing each setting. Alternatively, you can change all cluster-related settings and use the Commit option to save all settings at once.
  1. Press the X button to access the LCD menus.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select System and press the Check button.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster and press the Check button.
  4. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster Mgmt and press the Check button.
  5. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster IP and press the Check button.
    The LCD panel shows the current IP address of the cluster. The default value is 192.168.1.246.
  6. Use the arrow keys to configure the IP address of the cluster.
  7. Press the X button until you return to the Cluster Mgmt menu.
  8. Use the arrow keys to select Commit and press the Check button.
The system saves the new IP address for the cluster. You can now access the browser-based Configuration utility using the cluster IP address you assigned.

Configuring the cluster IP subnet mask from the LCD

You can use the LCD panel to configure the cluster IP subnet mask.
  1. Press the X button to access the LCD menus.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select System and press the Check button.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster and press the Check button.
  4. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster Mgmt and press the Check button.
  5. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster IP Mask and press the Check button.
    The LCD shows the current subnet mask address of the cluster. The default value is 255.255.255.0.
  6. Use the arrow keys to configure the subnet mask of the cluster.
  7. Press the X button until you return to the Cluster Mgmt menu.
  8. Use the arrow keys to select Commit and press the Check button.
The system saves the new subnet mask for the cluster.

Configuring the default gateway IP address for the cluster from the LCD

You can use the LCD panel to configure the default gateway IP address for the cluster.
  1. Press the X button to access the LCD menus.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select System and press the Check button.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster and press the Check button.
  4. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster Mgmt and press the Check button.
  5. Use the arrow keys to select Gateway and press the Check button.
    The LCD shows the current gateway IP address of the cluster. The default value is 0.0.0.0.
  6. Use the arrow keys to configure the gateway IP address of the cluster.
  7. Press the X button until you return to the Cluster Mgmt menu.
  8. Use the arrow keys to select Commit and press the Check button.
The system saves the new default gateway IP address for the cluster.

Configuring the management IP address of a cluster member from the LCD

You can use the LCD panel to configure the management IP address of a cluster member.
  1. Press the X button to access the LCD menus.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select System and press the Check button.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster and press the Check button.
  4. Use the arrow keys to select Cluster Mbrs and press the Check button.
  5. Use the arrow keys to select the appropriate blade () and press the Check button.
  6. Use the arrow keys to select Blade Mgmt IP and press the Check button.
    The LCD shows the current IP address of the blade. The default value is 0.0.0.0.
  7. Use the arrow keys to configure the IP address of the blade.
  8. Press the X button until you return to the Blade [1-] Mgmt menu.
  9. Use the arrow keys to select Commit and press the Check button.
The system saves the new IP address for the blade.

Configuring the cluster IP address using the config utility

You can configure the cluster IP address using the config utility after you connect a blade to a serial console.
  1. Connect to the system using the serial console.
  2. Start the config utility.
    config
    The config utility displays.
  3. Follow the prompts to configure the cluster IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address for the management port.
The system saves the new IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address for the cluster. You can now access the browser-based Configuration utility using the cluster IP address you assigned.

Configuring the cluster IP address using tmsh

You can configure the cluster IP address using tmsh after you connect a blade to a serial console.
  1. Connect to the system using the serial console.
  2. Set the cluster IP address and subnet mask.
    tmsh modify sys cluster default address <ip_address/mask>
    Example: tmsh modify sys cluster default address 192.168.217.44/24
  3. Set the default gateway for the cluster.
    tmsh modify sys management-route default gateway <gateway_ip>
    Example: tmsh modify sys management-route default gateway 172.20.80.254
  4. Write the running configuration to the stored configuration files.
    tmsh sys save [base-config | config]
The system saves the new IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address for the cluster. You can now access the browser-based Configuration utility using the cluster IP address you assigned.

Licensing the platform

Once the cluster IP address is configured for the platform, you can use the browser-based Configuration utility to license the appropriate BIG-IP software.
  1. Using a Web browser, navigate to the cluster IP address that you assigned to the VIPRION system.
    Use this format, where <cluster_ip_address> is the cluster IP address you assigned:
    https://<cluster_ip_address>
  2. Type admin as the user name and admin as the password.
    If this is the first time you have accessed the Configuration utility, the first screen you see is the License screen.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Configuration utility to license the platform.
    For more information about licensing the system, click the Help tab.

Verifying blade availability

At this point, you have installed the VIPRION platform, powered it, installed blades, assigned a cluster IP address to the system, and licensed it for use. Next, you need to ensure that the blades are recognized by the software and available for processing network traffic.
  1. Using a Web browser, navigate to the cluster IP address that you have assigned to the VIPRION platform.
    The Configuration utility opens.
  2. On the Main tab, click System > Clusters .
    The Clusters screen opens.
  3. In the Cluster Members area, verify that all blades listed have a green status icon in the Status column.
    The green circle icon indicates that the cluster member is available.
Now you have installed a VIPRION platform successfully and prepared it for use on your network. The next steps involve further configuration of the platform by adding the trunks, VLANs, and self IP addresses that are necessary for the system to manage your network traffic effectively.
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