Cisco Wide Area Application Engine 512 and 612 Hardware Installation Guide
Chapter 4: Installing Hardware Options
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Installing Hardware Options

Table Of Contents

Installing Hardware Options

Removing the Cover and Bezel

Installing Adapters

Installing DIMMs

Working with Hard Disk Drives

Installing SATA Hard Disk Drives

Installing an SAS Hard Disk Drive

Completing the Installation


Installing Hardware Options


This chapter provides basic instructions for installing hardware options in the Wide Area Application Engine (WAE). These instructions are intended for experienced technicians.

This chapter contains the following topics:

Removing the Cover and Bezel

Installing Adapters

Installing DIMMs

Working with Hard Disk Drives

Completing the Installation

Removing the Cover and Bezel


Warning Before working on a chassis or working near power supplies, unplug the power cord on AC units. Statement 246

To remove the cover, follow these steps:


Step 1 Review the information in the "Safety Warnings" section, and the "Safety Guidelines" section.

Step 2 Power down the device and all attached devices. Disconnect the power cord and all external cables.

Step 3 Press the cover release button. (See Figure 4-1.)

Figure 4-1 Removing the Cover

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Cover release button


Step 4 While holding the cover release button down with your thumb, lift the opposite front corner of chassis slightly with your other hand, and using your free thumb, slide the cover back approximately 0.5 inches (1.27 cm); then lift it up and off the device.


Caution For proper cooling and airflow, replace the cover before turning on the device. Operating the device for extended periods (over 30 minutes) with the cover removed might damage device components.


Installing Adapters

This section provides general information about the system board, riser card, adapters, and PCI-X slot configuration specifications. Use these instructions to install any full-height three-quarter-length PCI-X adapter card.


Note The MPEG decoder adapter is supported in ACNS software only. The inline network adapter is supported in WAAS 4.0.7 and later software only.


Before you install adapters, review the following information:

The adapter slots are on the riser card assembly. You must first remove the riser card assembly to access the adapter slots. (See Figure 4-2.)

The device has two Peripheral Component Interconnect-Extended (PCI-X) adapter slots:

PCI-X slot 1 is for one full-height three-quarter-length adapter.

PCI-X slot 2 is for one low-profile half-length adapter; however, it is not used in this device.

You must install supported adapters in PCI-X slot 1. (This slot is labeled "Slot 1" on the back of the device.)

Documentation is included with the adapter. Follow the instructions in the adapter documentation in addition to the instructions in this chapter.


Caution When you handle static-sensitive devices, take precautions to avoid damage from static electricity. For details on handling these devices, see the "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge" section.


Note The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.


To install an adapter, follow these steps:


Step 1 Review the safety information in the "Safety Guidelines" section.

Step 2 Power down the device and peripheral devices.

Step 3 Disconnect the power cord and then all external cables from the device.

Step 4 Remove the device cover.

Step 5 Grasp the riser card at the rear edge and lift to remove the riser card assembly. (See Figure 4-2.)

Figure 4-2 Removing the Riser Card Assembly

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Riser card assembly

2

Rear edge of riser card


Step 6 Place the riser card assembly on a flat, static-protective surface.

Step 7 Remove the expansion slot cover for Slot 1. (See Figure 4-3.)


Note PCI expansion slot covers must be installed on all vacant slots. This maintains the electronic emissions characteristics of the device and ensures proper cooling of device components.


Figure 4-3 Installing the Adapter in the Riser Card Assembly

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Expansion slot bracket

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Adapter

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Adapter support bracket

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PCI-X expansion slot 1

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Riser card assembly

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PCI-X expanison slot 2 (not supported)

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Riser card connectors

   

Step 8 Touch the static-protective package that contains the adapter to any unpainted metal surface on the device, and then remove the adapter from the static-protective package. Avoid touching the components and gold-plated edge connectors on the adapter.

Step 9 Place the adapter, component-side up, on a flat, static-protective surface.


Caution When you install an adapter in the device, be sure that it is completely and correctly seated in the PCI expansion slot before you power up the device. Incomplete insertion might cause damage to the system board or the adapter.

Step 10 To install the adapter, carefully grasp the adapter by its top edge or upper corners, align it with the expansion slot in the riser card assembly, and then press the adapter firmly into the expansion slot.

Step 11 Reinstall the riser card. Make sure that the riser card is fully seated in the riser card connectors on the system board.

Step 12 If you have other hardware options to install, do so now; otherwise, go to the "Completing the Installation" section.


Installing DIMMs

Adding memory to your device is an easy way to make your system software run faster. You can increase the amount of memory in your device by installing additional dual-inline memory modules (DIMMs).

When you install additional memory, note the following information:

Review the memory specifications for your WAE model in the "Appliance Specifications" section.

The amount of usable memory will be reduced depending on the system configuration. A certain amount of memory must be reserved for system resources. The BIOS displays the total amount of installed memory and the amount of configured memory.

You must use DIMMs (MEM-WAE-1GB=) purchased from Cisco only.

Memory modules are installed on the system board in the DIMM connectors shown in Figure 4-4. Devices with a single DIMM should have the module installed in DIMM connector 1. Install the next module in DIMM connector 3. The third and fourth DIMMs must be installed as a pair in DIMM connectors 2 and 4.

When you install or remove DIMMs, the WAE appliance automatically detects the new DIMM configuration and no save in the BIOS is required.

Figure 4-4 shows the location of the system-board connectors for installing DIMMs.

Figure 4-4 System Board DIMM Connectors

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DIMM 1

2

DIMM 2

3

DIMM 3

4

DIMM 4



Caution When you handle static-sensitive devices, take precautions to avoid damage from static electricity.

To install a DIMM, follow these steps:


Step 1 Review the safety information in the "Safety Guidelines" section.

Step 2 Power off the device and peripheral devices. Disconnect the power cord, and then disconnect all external cables. Remove the cover. (See the "Removing the Cover and Bezel" section for details.

Step 3 Touch the static-protective package that contains the DIMM to any unpainted metal surface on the device, and then remove the DIMM from the package.

Step 4 Install the DIMM:

a. Open the retaining clip on each end of the DIMM connector. Turn the DIMM so that the pins align correctly with the connector. (See Figure 4-5.)

Figure 4-5 Installing a DIMM

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DIMM 1

2

DIMM 3



Caution To avoid breaking the retaining clips or damaging the DIMM connectors, open and close the clips gently.

b. Insert the DIMM into the connector by aligning the DIMM edges with the slots at each end of the DIMM connector. Firmly press the DIMM straight down into the connector by applying pressure on both ends of the DIMM simultaneously. Be sure that the retaining clips snap into the locked position when the DIMM is firmly seated in the connector.

c. If a gap exists between the DIMM and the retaining clips, the DIMM has not been properly installed. In this case, open the retaining clips and remove the DIMM, and then reinsert the DIMM.

For instructions on completing the hardware installation, see the "Completing the Installation" section.

Step 5 Once the hardware installation has been completed, you must repartition the disks, using the disk delete-data-partitions command, and reload.


Note Repartitioning the disks is required after adding memory to reset the DRE space allocation.



Working with Hard Disk Drives

This section describes how to install a hard disk drive in the Wide Area Application Engine (WAE). The WAE-512 requires simple-swap Serial Advanced Technology Attachment II (SATA) hard disk drives, and the WAE-612 accepts Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives or hot-swap SATA hard disk drives.

Consider the following information when installing a hard disk drive:

Locate the documentation that comes with the hard disk drive and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this chapter.

In the WAE-512 and WAE-612, disk00 belongs in the left drive bay and disk01 belongs in the right drive bay as seen when facing the drive bays.

If you are installing a SAS hard disk drive, see the documentation that comes with the drive before installing it.


Note To avoid damage to the hard disk drive connectors, make sure that the cover is in place and fully closed whenever you install or remove a hard disk drive.


All hard disk drives being used in the WAE should have the same throughput speed rating. Mixing hard disk drives with different speed ratings is not supported.


Caution To maintain proper system cooling, do not operate the device for more than 10 minutes without either a hard disk drive or a filler panel installed in each bay.

Installing SATA Hard Disk Drives


Note The WAE-512 supports simple-swap SATA hard disk drives. Simple-swap hard disk drives are not hot-swappable. Disconnect all power from the server before removing or installing a simple-swap hard disk drive.



Note The WAE-612 hardware supports hot-swappable SATA hard disk drives; however, you must be running WAAS 4.0.13 or a later version to obtain the software support for hot-swapping. If you are running a WAAS version prior to 4.0.13, we recommend that you power down your WAE-612 when swapping or installing new hard disk drives.


To install an SATA hard disk drive in a bay, follow these steps:


Step 1 Inspect the new drive for any signs of damage.

Step 2 Review the information in the "Safety Warnings" section, and the "Safety Guidelines" section.

Step 3 Make sure that the chassis cover is in place and fully closed.

Step 4 Power down the device and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cord and all external cables.

Step 5 If the drive bay contains a filler panel, remove it.

Step 6 To install the hard disk drive, pull the loops of the drive tray toward each other and slide the drive into the bay until the drive connects to the backplane.

Step 7 Insert the filler panel into the bay to cover the drive. (See Figure 4-6.)


Note Figure 4-6 shows that disk00 is being inserted into the left drive bay in the WAE-512.


Step 8 If you have other options to install, do so now; otherwise, go to the "Completing the Installation" section.

Figure 4-6 Installing an SATA Hard Disk in the WAE-512—Disk00 is Shown

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Filler panel

2

SATA hard disk drive

3

SATA hard disk drive backplane

   


Installing an SAS Hard Disk Drive


Note The WAE-612 hardware supports hot-swappable SAS hard disk drives; however, you must be running WAAS 4.0.13 or a later version to obtain the software support for hot-swapping. If you are running a WAAS version prior to 4.0.13, we recommend that you power down your WAE-612 when swapping or installing new hard disk drives.


To install an SAS hard disk drive in the WAE-612, follow these steps:


Step 1 Inspect the new drive for any signs of damage.

Step 2 Review the information in the "Safety Warnings" section, and the "Safety Guidelines" section.

Step 3 Make sure that the chassis cover is in place and fully closed.

Step 4 Open the drive tray handle.

Step 5 Gently push the drive assembly into the bay until the drive stops. (See Figure 4-7.)


Note If you are replacing disk00 in a WAE-612, you must install it in the left drive bay.


Figure 4-7 Installing a SAS Hard Disk in the WAE-612—Disk01 is Shown

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Drive handle (in open position)

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SAS drive and tray assembly


Step 6 Close the drive tray handle.

Step 7 Reload the appliance.

Step 8 Check the hard disk drive status LED to make sure that the hard disk drive is operating correctly. If the amber hard disk drive status LED for a drive is lit continuously, that drive is faulty and needs to be replaced. If the green hard disk drive activity LED is flashing, the drive is being accessed.


Completing the Installation


Caution To maintain proper cooling and airflow, install the cover before turning on the device. Operating the device for extended periods (over 30 minutes) with the cover removed might damage device components.

To complete the installation, follow these steps:


Step 1 Install the cover by placing it into position and sliding it forward. (See Figure 4-8.)

Figure 4-8 Installing the Cover


Caution Before sliding the cover forward, make sure that the cover will properly engage the ledge at the front of the device.

Step 2 Install the device in the rack. See the "Installing the Cisco Wide Area Application Engine" section for instructions.

Step 3 Connect all external cables and the power cord to the device, and then plug the power cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet.