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Manual Chapter: VIPRION Platform Installation
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This chapter includes some general information about installing the VIPRION® chassis. However, for details about installing the VIPRION chassis, refer to the Setting Up the VIPRION Platform guide, which includes detailed information, including:
Note: We highly recommend that you install the VIPRION platform chassis into a rack before you install any blades. This ensures that the weight of the unit remains manageable as you install the unit into a rack.
Although not required, a 1U space between chassis makes it easier for you to remove the chassis from the rack in the event that the unit requires service. A 1U space between units also provides additional cable routing options.
We recommend 100 mm spacing from the front panel of the unit to the rack front or rack door. This provides enough room for you to route the cables without bending them excessively.
Warning: This product is sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). We recommend that when you install or maintain the unit, you use proper ESD grounding procedures and equipment.
Warning: Do not power on a VIPRION platform until the management serial console and/or the management network is connected to the unit.
If you choose to create a mixed cluster, a system that includes both blade types, any PB200 blades will perform at the same level as the PB100 blades. Removing all PB100 blades from a mixed cluster, leaving only PB200 blades, enables the PB200 blades to perform at their maximum capacity.
If you install a PB200 blade in a PB100 cluster running a version of the BIG-IP software that is earlier than version 10.1, you could experience the following scenarios:
You receive an error message in the cluster status for the slot in which the PB200 blade is installed, indicating that the blade is running the wrong software version. The software installation status also displays an error for the PB200 blade slot.
Earlier BIG-IP software versions may display in the Configuration utility, but you will not be able to install them to the PB200 blade. You receive an installation error message if you attempt to install an earlier version of the BIG-IP software.
If the PB100 blades are subsequently removed from the cluster, the situation does not correct itself automatically, as the system will remember that the version of software for that cluster is a version prior to version 10.1. You can correct this issue by specifying that version 10.1 or later run on the cluster.
If you move a PB200 blade to a second chassis, this does not cause the other chassis to downgrade to a version earlier than version 10.1. Cluster configuration information, which includes the software version information, is tied to the chassis identifier on the chassis hardware and is removed from the blade when it is moved to another chassis.
If you install a PB100 blade into a chassis with PB200 blades running version v10.1 or later, you could experience the following scenarios:
The software images previously installed on the PB100 blade display as installable in the Configuration utility. If you attempt to install one of those images, you receive an error on the PB200 blades, but the installation completes successfully on the PB100 blades.
If you replace a PB100 blade with a PB200 blade in a cluster that uses one or more trunks across the blades, you must adjust the trunk configuration to match the desired PB200 external interfaces. For example, if your trunk uses 10G ports, interface 1.1 on a PB100 blade is 10G, and interface 2.1 is 10G on a PB200 blade. For information on configuring a trunk, see the TMOS® Management Guide for BIG-IP® Systems.
If you are running a redundant system configuration and would like to use a mixture of PB100 and PB200 blades, you must put the same blade type in the corresponding slots on each chassis. For example, if you install a PB200 blade in slot 1 and a PB100 blade in slot 2 on the active chassis, you must install a PB200 in slot 1 and a PB100 blade in slot 2 in the standby chassis.
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