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Manual Chapter: Platform Installation
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Platform Installation

About platform installation

After you have reviewed the hardware requirements and become familiar with the 11000 platform, you can install the unit.

CAUTION:
Due to the weight of the chassis, at least two people are required to install the platform into a rack.

Determining which rack mounting kit to use

The 11000 platform comes with two types of rack mounting kits: stationary front-mounting and sliding rail-mounting. An advantage of installing the sliding rail-mounting kit is that you can then slide the unit in and out of the rack as needed.

Note: You should use the front-mounting kit to install 11000 series platforms only if you are installing the platform into a two-post rack. For installing the platform into all other types of racks or cabinets, you should use the quick-install rail kit.

The tasks required to install the platform differ depending on the type of rack mount you decide to use or which type of cabinet unit you are installing into (single two-post cabinet or four-post cabinet).

About general recommendations for rack mounting

Although not required, a 1U space between units makes it easier for you to remove the unit from the rack if that the unit requires service. A 1U space between units also provides additional cable routing options.

Leaving at least 100 mm spacing from the front panel of the unit to the rack front or rack door provides enough room for you to route the cables without excessive bending or insulation damage.

CAUTION:
To prevent personal injury or damage to the unit, F5 Networks strongly recommends that at least two people perform the installation.
Important: This product is sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). F5 Networks recommends that you use proper ESD grounding procedures and equipment when you install or maintain the unit.

About the front-mounting kit

You can use the front-mounting kit if you are installing into a two-post rack.

Note: You should use the front-mounting kit to install 11000 series platforms only if you are installing the platform into a two-post rack. For installing the platform into all other types of racks or cabinets, you should use the quick-install rail kit.

Front-mounting kit hardware

The front-mounting kit includes these parts.

Quantity Hardware
2 front-mounting brackets
10 M4 x 10mm flat head screws
4 M4 finishing washers

Installing using a front-mounting kit

Before you install this platform, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform in the appropriate environment.
This platform includes front-mounting brackets, which you can use to attach the unit directly to the rack.
CAUTION:
Due to the weight of this platform, two people are required to unpack and install it. Failing to use two people can result in severe personal injury or equipment damage and might violate safety regulations.
  1. Align the holes on the front-mounting bracket with the holes on the side of the unit.
  2. Secure the front bracket to the unit using two of the finishing washers and five of the flat head screws that are included in the kit.
    Loosely install all five screws, and then tighten them securely. Use 18 to 20 inch-pounds (2.0 to 2.3 Newton-meters) of torque on these screws.
    Front mount bracket installed on a platform
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other bracket.
  4. Lift the unit into place in the rack.
    CAUTION:
    Due to the weight of the chassis, this step requires two people.
  5. Secure the front-mounting brackets to the rack using four rack manufacturer-provided screws.
    The unit must be securely fastened to the rack to provide adequate stability and to prevent the unit from falling out of the rack.
  6. Attach the front bezel to the unit by grasping the bezel on either side using the indentations provided.
    Note: Failure to use the indentations could result in pinched fingers.
If the rack you have does not provide adequate support for the unit, you might need a shelf kit. We recommend that you use a shelf kit created by the rack manufacturer, if available.

About the quick-install rail kit

Use the quick-install rail kit if you want to be able to slide the unit in or out of the rack for maintenance activities.

The kit includes the following hardware:

  • two rails (left and right)
  • eight #8-32 thumb screws

The rails snap into place in the rack, and no tools are required to install a platform using this kit. The rails 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 rails are easily converted to mount to either cabinet style.

Quick-install rail kit

Quick-install rail kit

For information about installing the platform using the quick-install rail kit, see the instruction guide provided by the manufacturer, which is included with the kit hardware.

Note: Before you install this platform, review the environmental guidelines to make sure that you are installing and using the platform in the appropriate environment.
An example of a platform installed using the         quick-install rail kit

An example of a platform installed using the quick-install rail kit

After installing the platform, you should secure it to the rack using the included rail locks. You should also attach the front bezel to the unit by grasping the bezel on either side using the indentations provided.

Connecting the cables and other hardware

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

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to the MGMT port if you are using the default network configured on the management interface.
    Note: For EMI compliance, shielded cables are required for the MGMT port.
  2. Connect the serial console cable supplied by F5® Networks to 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 unit. F5 Networks recommends that you perform all installations and upgrades using the serial console, as these procedures require reboots, in which network connectivity is lost temporarily.
    Note: The default baud rate is 19200,n,8,1.
  3. For AC-powered systems, connect the power cable to the power input panel, and then connect the cable to the power source. For DC-powered systems, wire the DC power terminal block and connect the power supply to a DC power source.
  4. Connect the serial failover cable to the failover port on each unit if you plan to set up device service clustering (DSC™) with hard-wired failover capacity.
    For more information about configuring failover, see BIG-IP® Device Service Clustering: Administration.
  5. If you have not already done so, power on the unit.

You can now assign a management 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 Technical Support to aid in troubleshooting. For more information, see http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/1000/800/sol1858.html.

Configuring a management IP address

You can use the LCD panel to configure the management IP address. The management IP address enables you to access the Configuration utility to configure other aspects of the product, such as the product license, VLANs, and trunks. The options are located in the System menu.
Note: When using the LCD panel to configure the unit, be sure to use the Commit option to save all settings.
  1. Press the X button to activate Menu mode for the LCD.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select System, and then press the Check button.
  3. Press the Check button to select Management.
  4. Press the Check button to select Mgmt IP.
  5. Enter your management IP address using the up and down arrow keys, and then press the Check button.
  6. Use the arrow keys to select Mgmt Mask, and then press the Check button.
  7. Enter the netmask using the up and down arrow keys, and then press the Check button.
  8. Use the arrow keys to select Mgmt Gateway, and then press the Check button.
  9. Enter your default route using the up and down arrow keys, and then press the Check button. If you do not have a default route, enter 0.0.0.0.
  10. Use the arrow keys to select Commit, and then press the Check button.
  11. Press the Check button to select OK.
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