Cisco DistributedDirector 4700-M Install and Config Guide
Preparing to Install the Director
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Preparing to Install the Director

Table Of Contents

Preparing to Install the Director

Safety Recommendations

Safety with Electricity

Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage

General Site Requirements

Site Environment

Site Configuration Precautions

Equipment Racks

Power Supply Features

Installation Checklist

Site Log

Required Tools and Equipment

Inspecting the System

Preparing to Install the Director

This chapter includes information you need before you install your Cisco DistributedDirector 4700-M. It includes the following sections:

Safety Recommendations

General Site Requirements

Installation Checklist

Site Log

Required Tools and Equipment

Inspecting the System

Safety Recommendations

The following guidelines will help to ensure your safety and protect the equipment:

Keep the chassis area clear and dust-free during and after installation.

Turn the power supply off and unplug the power cord before opening the chassis.


Before working on a chassis or working near power supplies, unplug the power cord on AC units; disconnect the power at the circuit breaker on DC units. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Keep tools and chassis components away from walk areas.

Do not wear loose clothing that could get caught in the chassis. Fasten your tie or scarf and roll up your sleeves.


Before working on equipment that is connected to power lines, remove jewelry (including rings, necklaces, and watches). Metal objects will heat up when connected to power and ground and can cause serious burns or weld the metal object to the terminals. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Wear safety glasses when working under any conditions that might be hazardous to your eyes.

Do not perform any action that creates a potential hazard to people or makes the equipment unsafe.


This equipment is intended to be grounded. Ensure that the host is connected to earth ground during normal use. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Safety with Electricity

Follow these guidelines when working on equipment powered by electricity:

Locate the emergency power-off switch in the room in which you are working. Then, if an electrical accident occurs, you can act quickly to shut the power off.

Before working on the system, turn off the power and unplug the power cord.

Disconnect all power before doing the following:

Installing or removing a chassis

Working near power supplies

Do not work alone if potentially hazardous conditions exist.

Never assume that power is disconnected from a circuit. Always check.

Look carefully for possible hazards in your work area, such as moist floors, ungrounded power extension cables, and missing safety grounds.

If an electrical accident occurs, proceed as follows:

Use caution; do not become a victim yourself.

Turn off power to the system.

If possible, send another person to get medical aid. Otherwise, assess the victim's condition and then call for help.

Determine if the person needs rescue breathing or external cardiac compressions; then take appropriate action.

In addition, use the guidelines that follow when working with any equipment that is disconnected from a power source, but still connected to telephone wiring or other network cabling:

Never install telephone wiring during a lightning storm.


Do not work on the system or connect or disconnect cables during periods of lightning activity. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically designed for wet locations.

Never touch uninsulated telephone wires or terminals unless the telephone line is disconnected at the network interface.

Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.

Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage equipment and impair electrical circuitry. It occurs when electronic printed circuit cards are improperly handled, and can result in complete or intermittent failures. Always follow ESD prevention procedures when removing and replacing cards. Ensure that the Director chassis is electrically connected to earth ground. Wear an ESD-preventive wrist strap, ensuring that it makes good skin contact. Connect the clip to an unpainted surface of the chassis frame to safely channel unwanted ESD voltages to ground. To properly guard against ESD damage and shocks, the wrist strap and cord must operate effectively. If no wrist strap is available, ground yourself by touching the metal part of the chassis.

For the safety of your equipment, periodically check the resistance value of the antistatic strap, which should be from 750 kilohm and 10 megohm.

General Site Requirements

This section describes the requirements your site must meet for safe installation and operation of your system. Ensure that your site is properly prepared before beginning installation.

The Director can be placed on a desktop or rack-mounted in a data processing or lab environment. The system can be mounted in either a standard or telco rack. Optional rack-mount kits are available.

Site Environment

The location of individual chassis and the layout of your equipment rack or wiring room are extremely important for proper system operation. Equipment placed too close together, inadequate ventilation, and inaccessible panels can cause system malfunctions and shutdowns, and can make system maintenance difficult.

When planning your site layout and equipment locations, use the precautions described in the next section, "Site Configuration Precautions," to help avoid equipment failures and reduce the possibility of environmentally caused shutdowns. If you are currently experiencing shutdowns or unusually high errors with your existing equipment, these precautions will help you isolate the cause of failures and prevent future problems.

Site Configuration Precautions

The following precautions will help you plan an acceptable operating environment for your Director and will help you avoid environmentally caused equipment failures:

Remember that electrical equipment generates heat. Ambient air temperature might not be adequate to cool equipment to acceptable operating temperatures without adequate circulation. Ensure that the room in which your system operates has adequate circulation.

Never place chassis side by side because the heated exhaust air from one chassis can be drawn into the intake port of the next.

Always follow the ESD-prevention procedures in the section "Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage" earlier in this chapter to avoid damage to equipment. Damage from static discharge can cause immediate or intermittent equipment failure.

Ensure that the chassis cover and network processor module rear panels are secure. The chassis is designed to allow cooling air to flow within it. An open chassis allows air leaks, which may in turn interrupt and redirect the flow of cooling air across internal components.

Check the power at your site to ensure that you are receiving "clean" power (free of spikes and noise). Install a power conditioner if necessary.


The device is designed to work with TN power systems. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Install proper grounding to avoid damage from lightning and power surges.

Equipment Racks

The following tips will help you plan an acceptable equipment rack configuration:

Enclosed racks must have adequate ventilation. Ensure that the rack is not overly congested because each unit generates heat. An enclosed rack should have louvered sides and a fan to provide cooling air.

When mounting a chassis in an open rack, ensure that the rack frame does not block the intake or the exhaust ports. If the chassis is installed on slides, check the position of the chassis when it is seated all the way into the rack.

In an enclosed rack with a ventilation fan in the top, excessive heat generated by equipment near the bottom of the rack can be drawn upward and into the intake ports of the equipment above.

Baffles can help to isolate exhaust air from intake air, which also helps to draw cooling air through the chassis. The best placement of the baffles depends on the airflow patterns in the rack, which can be found by experimenting with different configurations.

When equipment installed in a rack, particularly in an enclosed rack, fails, try operating the equipment by itself, if possible. Turn off other equipment in the rack (and in adjacent racks) to allow the unit under test a maximum of cooling air and clean power.

Power Supply Features

Following are features of the Director power supply:

Autoranging power supply (200W, 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz, 40 to 72 VDC)

6-foot (1.8-meter) electrical power cord


Do not touch the power supply when the power cord is connected. For systems with a power switch, line voltages are present within the power supply even when the power switch is off and the power cord is connected. For systems without a power switch, line voltages are present within the power supply when the power cord is connected. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Installation Checklist

The Installation Checklist lists the procedures for initial hardware installation of a new Director. Make a copy of this checklist and mark the entries as you complete each procedure. Include a copy of the checklist for each system in your Site Log. (See the next section, "Site Log.")

Installation checklist for site______________________________________________

Verified by

Background information placed in Site Log


Site power voltages verified


Installation site prepower check completed


Required tools available


Additional equipment available


Director received


Cisco DistributedDirector 4700-M Installation and Configuration Guide received


Cisco Information Packet received


Optional ordered CD or printed documentation received


Chassis components verified


Initial electrical connections established


ASCII terminal attached to console port, or modem attached to console port (for remote configuration)


Signal distance limits verified


Startup sequence steps completed


Initial system operation verified


Software image verified


Site Log

The Site Log provides a historical record of all actions relevant to the Director. Keep it in an accessible place near the chassis where anyone who performs tasks has access to it. Use the Installation Checklist to verify steps in the installation and maintenance of your Director. Site Log entries might include the following:

Installation progress—Make a copy of the Installation Checklist and insert it in the Site Log. Make entries as each procedure is completed.

Upgrades and removal or replacement procedures—Use the Site Log as a record of ongoing Director maintenance and expansion history. Each time a procedure is performed on the Director, update the Site Log to reflect the following:

Additional network processor modules installed

Removal or replacement of network processor modules

Configuration changes

Maintenance schedules and requirements

Maintenance procedures performed

Intermittent problems

Related comments


Ultimate disposal of this product should be handled according to all national laws and regulations. (To see translated versions of this warning, refer to the appendix "Translated Safety Warnings.")

Required Tools and Equipment

You need the following tools and equipment to install the Director:

ESD cord and wrist strap

Screwdrivers, Number 1 and Number 2 Phillips head

In addition, you might need an Ethernet transceiver.

Inspecting the System

Before unpacking the system, make certain that you are ready to install it. If the final installation site is not ready, keep the chassis in its shipping container to prevent accidental damage. After determining where you want the system installed, proceed with the unpacking.

The Director, cables, publications, CD, and any optional equipment you ordered might be shipped in more than one container. When you unpack each shipping container, check the packing list to ensure that you received all of the following items:


6-foot (1.8-meter) electrical power cord

Bag of rubber feet for desktop mounting

Optional equipment (which might include network connection cables)

This publication

Cisco Information Packet

Optional companion publications, or the Documentation CD-ROM, as specified on your order

Inspect all items for shipping damage. If anything appears damaged, or if you encounter problems when installing or configuring your system, contact a customer service representative. Also, please complete and mail your product registration (see the publication Cisco Information Packet).