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Manual Chapter: Repackaging Guidelines
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Repackaging Guidelines

About repackaging the platform

The VIPRION® 4400 Series chassis and blades are designed to be shipped and packaged separately. If it becomes necessary to transport the platform to another location or return it to F5® Networks, these guidelines will help ensure that you repackage the platform properly.

Important: Before returning any equipment, contact F5 to obtain a Return Material Authorization (RMA) case number.
Important: You must use shipping materials and packaging provided by F5 when repackaging the platform.
Note: Be sure to keep a record of the tracking number and ship date. These will be needed to track lost shipments.
Note: Do not include any cables, removable XFP/SFP/SFP+ modules, GBICs, or other peripheral items if you are returning the platform to F5 Networks.

Repackaging the chassis

The VIPRION® 4400 Series chassis must be shipped empty (with no blades installed) and in F5®-provided packaging.
  1. Disconnect the power cords and other cables from the platform.
  2. Remove the front bezel from the chassis and place it in the bezel box.
  3. Optional: You can install the chassis handles if they are not already installed to help ease removal of the chassis from the rack.
  4. Remove all blades from the chassis.
  5. Remove the chassis from the rack.
  6. Place the empty chassis onto the shipping pallet.
    Chassis on pallet
  7. Secure the shipping brackets to both sides of the chassis and ensure that the brackets are securely fastened to the pallet.
    Use a 9/64 inch hex key for the four screws that secure each shipping bracket to the side of the chassis. Use a 3/8 inch drive socket to secure the shipping brackets to the pallet.
    Shipping brackets
  8. Remove the handles from the chassis (if installed).
  9. Remove the front bezel from the chassis and place it in the bezel box.
  10. Place the foam insert, including the two accessory boxes, on top of the chassis.
    Foam and accessory boxes
  11. Place the outer corrugated box over the chassis.
    Shipping box
  12. Place the outer metal brace over the outer corrugated box and secure it to the pallet.
    Use a 3/8 inch drive socket to secure the outer metal brace.
    Corrugated box with outer metal brace

Repackaging a blade

The VIPRION® B4000 Series blades must be shipped in F5-provided packaging.
  1. Disconnect the network cables and other cables from the blade, and then remove any optical modules.
  2. Turn the compression screws, located on either side of the blade, until the locking indicator changes from green (locked) to red (unlocked).
    Compression screws (locked and unlocked)
  3. Grasp the two eject levers on the front of the blade and pull toward you.
    Grasping eject lever
  4. Fully extend the eject levers on both sides of the blade and pull out toward you to remove the blade from the chassis.
    Important: You should handle blades only by the edges and avoid touching the board components.
    Extending eject lever
  5. Place the blade into the antistatic bag, and then place the bagged blade into the black conductive wrapper sheet.
    Note: Use the printed guidelines inside the black wrapper sheet to orient the blade properly.
    Blade in antistatic bag
  6. Close the black wrapper sheet by securing the tabs on the left and right sides of the box.
    Blade box
  7. Place the foam cover on top of the blade box.
    Foam cover
  8. Close the blade box.
    Closed outer box
  9. Install the foam end caps onto the outside edges of the blade box, and then place the blade box into the outer shipping box.
    Foam and outer box
  10. Close and seal the outer shipping box.
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