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Manual Chapter: Enterprise Manager Platform Guide: Installing the Management Appliance Platform
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Installing the Management Appliance Platform

Installing and connecting the hardware

After you have reviewed the hardware requirements and become familiar with the Management Appliance, as described in Getting started, on page 1-1 , you can install the unit.

There are two basic tasks required to install the hardware. You simply need to install the Management Appliance in a rack, and then connect the peripheral hardware and the interfaces.

General recommendations for mounting a unit in a rack

We recommend that all units have 1U spacing between them when mounted in a rack to allow for a rack mounting shelf, and to provide additional air circulation for cooling the unit.

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

We recommend 100mm 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.


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.

Do not turn on an Management Appliance until the management serial console and/or the management network is connected to the unit.

To install the hardware in a rack

  1. Lift the unit into place. To prevent personal injury or damage to the unit, we recommend that at least two people perform the installation. A shelf or similar device is required to support the unit if a single person is installing the unit.
  2. Secure the unit using the four rack-mounting screws that are provided. The unit must be securely fastened to the rack to provide adequate stability and to prevent the unit from falling out of the rack. Securing the rack with the screws also provides adequate grounding.

If the rack you have does not provide adequate support for the unit, you may need a shelf kit. If your rack manufacturer provides a shelf kit for your rack, we recommend that you use that shelf kit.

Figure 2.1 shows the orientation of the Management Appliance and the mounting screws for installation in a standard 19" rack. Figure 2.2 shows the Management Appliance installed in the rack.



Figure 2.1 Platform orientation for rack mounting



Figure 2.2 Platform installed in a 19" rack

To connect the cables and hardware for input/output

  1. Connect the hardware that you have chosen to use for input/output. For details about connecting the system to a management workstation or network, see Chapter 2, Connecting a Management Workstation or Network, in Installation, Licensing, and Upgrades for BIG-IP Systems.
    • If you are using a serial terminal as the console, connect the serial cable supplied by F5 Networks to the console port (number 2 in Figure 1.3, on page 1-4 ).
    • If you are using an Ethernet connection, connect a management workstation to the management interface (number 1 in Figure 1.3, on page 1-4 ).
  2. If you have a hardware-based redundant system, connect the fail-over cable to the fail-over port on each unit (number 3 in Figure 1.3, on page 1-4 ).
  3. Connect the power cable to the power input panel (number 2 in Figure 1.4, on page 1-5 ), and then connect it to the power source.
  4. Turn on the unit and begin licensing the system. For details about licensing the Enterprise Manager system, see Chapter 3, Licensing and Configuring the System, in the Enterprise Manager Administrator Guide.

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