Catalyst 6500 Series Switch Content Switching Module (CSM) Installation and Configuration Note Software Release 3.1
Installing the Hardware
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Installing the Hardware

Table Of Contents

Installing the Hardware

System Requirements

Memory Requirements

Supported Hardware

Power Supply

Software Requirements

Software Compatibility

Environmental Requirements

Installing the CSM

Preparing to Install the CSM

Required Tools

Installing and Removing the Module

Slot Assignments

Removing the Module

Installing a Module

Verifying the Installation


Installing the Hardware


This chapter describes how to install the CSM into the Catalyst 6500 series switch and contains these sections:

System Requirements

Installing the CSM

Verifying the Installation

System Requirements

Before you install the CSM into the Catalyst 6500 series switch, make sure that the switch meets the hardware and software requirements listed in this section.


Caution You can use the MSFC, which is internal to the Catalyst 6500 series switch, to route traffic on either the client side or the server side of the CSM, but not both simultaneously (unless Policy Based Routing is used).

Memory Requirements

The CSM memory is not configurable.

Supported Hardware

Before you can use the CSM, you must have a Supervisor Engine 1A with an MSFC, a Policy Feature Card (PFC) or a Supervisor Engine 2 with an MSFC, and any module that has ports to connect server and client networks.


Caution The WS-X6066-SLB-APC Content Switching Module is not fabric enabled, but the module can operate in a fabric-enabled chassis like any other nonfabric module.

Table 2-1 lists the supported hardware and software for the CSM:

Table 2-1 CSM Supported Hardware and Software 

Product Number
Product Description
Minimum
Software Version
Recommended
Software Version
Cisco IOS Release
Content Switching Module
 

WS-X6066-SLB-APC with Supervisor Engine 1A

Content Switching Module

1.1(1)

2.1(1) or higher

12.1(8a)EX

WS-X6066-SLB-APC with Supervisor Engine 2

Content Switching Module

1.2(1)

2.1(1) or higher

12.1(8a)EX

WS-X6066-SLB-APC with Supervisor Engine 2

Content Switching Module

2.2(1)

2.2(1) or higher

12.1(11b)E

WS-X6066-SLB-APC with Supervisor Engine 2

Content Switching Module

3.1(1a)

3.1(1a) or higher

12.1(11b)E

Console Cable
 

72-876-01

Console Cable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Accessories Kit
 

800-05097-01

Accessories kit (contains the Console Cable)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


Power Supply

You can place the CSM in any slot in the Catalyst 6500 series chassis except for the slots occupied by the supervisor engine and the standby supervisor engine. The CSM operates on power supplied by the chassis.

Software Requirements


Caution The CSM cannot be used in a Catalyst 6500 series switch with the Catalyst operating system.

Table 2-2 lists the software versions for the CSM:

Table 2-2 CSM Software Requirements 

CSM Software Release
Software Part Number
Hardware
Cisco IOS Release
Added Features

1.1(1)

SC6k-SLB-APC-1.1

Supervisor Engine 1A with MSFC and PFC

12.1(6)E or
12.1(7)E

Initial release

1.2(1)

SC6K-1.2-CSM

Supervisor Engine 1A with MSFC and PFC or Supervisor Engine 2 Module with MSFC 2

12.1(8a)E

Supervisor Engine 2 support

Route Health Injection (RHI)

2.1(1)

SC6K-2.1-CSM

Supervisor Engine 1A with MSFC and PFC or Supervisor Engine 2 Module with MSFC 2

12.1(8a)EX

URL hashing

HTTP 1.1 persistence

Full stateful failover

Generic header parsing

SNMP server health traps

Multiple CSM in a chassis

VPN/IPSec load balancing

Configurable NAT server

2.2(1)

SC6K-2.2-CSM

Supervisor Engine 1A with MSFC and PFC or Supervisor Engine 2 Module with MSFC 2

12.1(11b)E

Return error code checking

Increased number of VLANs

Reduced time between health probes

Inband health checking

Configurable pending connection timeout

Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) support.

3.1(1a)

SC6K-3.1-CSM

Supervisor Engine 1A with MSFC and PFC or Supervisor Engine 2 Module with MSFC 2

12.1(13)E

VIP connection watermarks

Backup serverfarm

Optional port for health probes

IP reassembly

TCL (Toolkit Command Language) scripting

XML configuration interface

SNMP

Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)

Resource use display

3.1(1a) (continued)

SC6K-3.1-CSM

Supervisor Engine 1A with MSFC and PFC or Supervisor Engine 2 Module with MSFC 2

12.1(13)E

SSL termination engine (STE) integration for secure socket layer (SSL) load balancing

HTTP method parsing

Regular expression scalability improvements

Real server names

Non-TCP connection redundancy

Fault tolerance show command enhancements

IOS SLB FWLB interoperation (IP reverse-sticky)

Slowpath performance improvements

 

 

 

 

 


Software Compatibility

Beginning with software release 2.1(1), backward compatibility is not allowed.

If the CSM software image version you are using is more recent than the Cisco IOS software specified for that release in Table 2-2, you will not have all the CSM features available to you. For example, if you are running CSM software release 3.1(1a) with Cisco IOS software release 12.1(11b)E, the Cisco IOS software will not have the new CLI commands that support the CSM 3.1(1a) features.

If the CSM software image version you are using is older than the Cisco IOS software specified for that release in Table 2-2, the older CSM application software will not understand the newer IOS commands. The CSM software will still run, however the new IOS commands will have no effect.

Environmental Requirements

Table 2-3 lists the environmental requirements for the CSM:

Table 2-3 CSM Environmental Requirements 

Item
Specification

Temperature, ambient operating

0o to 40oC (32o to 104oF)

Temperature, ambient nonoperating

-40o to 70oC (-40o to 158oF)

Humidity (RH), ambient (noncondensing) operating

10% to 90%

Nonoperating relative humidity (noncondensing)

5% to 95%


Installing the CSM

The following sections describe how to install the CSM:

Preparing to Install the CSM

Required Tools

Installing and Removing the Module

Verifying the Installation

Preparing to Install the CSM

Before installing the CSM, make sure that the following items are available:

Catalyst 6500 series switch chassis

Management station that is available through a Telnet or a console connection to perform configuration tasks

Required Tools

These tools are required to install the module in the Catalyst 6500 series switches:

Flat-blade screwdriver

Phillips-head screwdriver

Wrist strap or other grounding device

Antistatic mat or antistatic foam

Whenever you handle the module, always use a wrist strap or other grounding device to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD).

Installing and Removing the Module


Warning During this procedure, wear grounding wrist straps to avoid ESD damage to the card. Do not directly touch the backplane with your hand or any metal tool, or you could shock yourself.


All Catalyst 6500 series switches support hot swapping, which allows you to install, remove, replace, and rearrange modules without turning off the system power. For more information on removing the module from a switch, see the "Removing the Module" section.

When the system detects that a module has been installed or removed, the system automatically runs diagnostic and discovery routines, acknowledges the presence or absence of the module, and resumes system operation.

This section describes how to install and verify the operation of the Firewall Services Module in the Catalyst 6500 series switches and contains the following sections:

Slot Assignments

Removing the Module

Installing a Module

Slot Assignments

The Catalyst 6006 and 6506 switch chassis have six slots, the Catalyst 6009 and 6509 switch chassis have nine slots, and the Catalyst 6513 switch chassis has thirteen slots.


Note The Catalyst 6509-NEB switch has vertical slots, which are numbered 1 to 9 from right to left. Install the modules with the component side facing to the right.


Slot 1 is reserved for the supervisor engine.

Slot 2 can be used for a redundant supervisor engine in case the supervisor engine in slot 1 fails.

If a redundant supervisor engine is not required, slots 2 through 6 on the 6-slot chassis, slots 2 through 9 on the 9-slot chassis, and slots 2 through 13 on the 13-slot chassis are available for switching modules, such as the Firewall Services Module.

The empty slots require filler plates, which are blank switching-module carriers that maintain consistent airflow through the switch chassis.

Removing the Module

This section describes how to remove an existing module from a Catalyst 6500 series switch chassis slot.


Warning During this procedure, wear grounding wrist straps to avoid ESD damage to the card. Do not directly touch the backplane with your hand or any metal tool, or you could shock yourself.



Warning Before you install, operate, or service the system, read the Site Preparation and Safety Guide. This guide contains important safety information you should know before working with the system.



Warning Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments.


To remove a supervisor engine or module from the chassis, perform these steps:


Step 1 Disconnect any network interface cables attached to the supervisor engine or module.

Step 2 Verify that the captive installation screws on all of the modules in the chassis are tight.

This step assures that the space created by the removed module is maintained.


Note If the captive installation screws are loose, the electromagnetic interference (EMI) gaskets on the installed modules will push the modules toward the open slot, reducing the opening size and making it difficult to install the replacement module.


Step 3 Loosen the two captive installation screws on the supervisor engine or module.

Step 4 Depending on the orientation of the slots in the chassis (horizontal or vertical), perform one of the following set of substeps:

Horizontal slots

a. Place your thumbs on the left and right ejector levers, and simultaneously rotate the levers outward to unseat the module from the backplane connector.

b. Grasp the front edge of the module, and slide the module part of the way out of the slot. Place your other hand under the module to support the weight of the module. Do not touch the module circuitry.

Vertical slots

a. Place your thumbs on the ejector levers located at the top and bottom of the module, and simultaneously rotate the levers outward to unseat the module from the backplane connector.

b. Grasp the edges of the module, and slide the module straight out of the slot. Do not touch the module circuitry.

Step 5 Place the module on an antistatic mat or antistatic foam, or immediately reinstall it in another slot.

Step 6 If the slot from which you removed the module is to remain empty, install a module filler plate to keep dust out of the chassis and to maintain proper airflow through the chassis.



Warning Blank faceplates (filler panels) serve three important functions: they prevent exposure to hazardous voltages and currents inside the chassis; they contain electromagnetic interference (EMI) that might disrupt other equipment; and they direct the flow of cooling air through the chassis. Do not operate the system unless all cards and faceplates are in place.


Installing a Module

This section describes how to install modules in the Catalyst 6500 series switches.


Caution To prevent ESD damage, handle modules by the carrier edges only.


Warning During this procedure, wear grounding wrist straps to avoid ESD damage to the card. Do not directly touch the backplane with your hand or any metal tool, or you could shock yourself.



Warning Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments.



Warning Before you install, operate, or service the system, read the Site Preparation and Safety Guide. This guide contains important safety information you should know before working with the system.


To install a supervisor engine or module in the chassis, perform these steps:


Step 1 Choose a slot for the supervisor engine or module.

Step 2 Verify that there is enough clearance to accommodate any interface equipment that you will connect directly to the supervisor engine or module ports. If possible, place modules between empty slots that contain only module filler plates.

Step 3 Verify that the captive installation screws are tightened on all modules installed in the chassis.

This action ensures that the EMI gaskets on all modules are fully compressed in order to maximize the opening space for the replacement module.


Note If the captive installation screws are loose, the EMI gaskets on the installed modules will push adjacent modules toward the open slot, reducing the opening size and making it difficult to install the replacement module.


Step 4 Remove the module filler plate by removing the two Phillips pan-head screws from the filler plate. (To remove a module, refer to "Removing the Module" section.)

Step 5 Fully open both ejector levers on the new or replacement module. (See Figure 2-1.)

Figure 2-1 Positioning the Module in a Horizontal Slot Chassis

Step 6 Depending on the orientation of the slots in the chassis (horizontal or vertical), perform one of the following sets of substeps:

Horizontal slots

a. Position the supervisor engine or module in the slot. Make sure that you align the sides of the module carrier with the slot guides on each side of the slot. (See Figure 2-1.)

b. Carefully slide the supervisor engine or module into the slot until the EMI gasket along the top edge of the module makes contact with the module in the slot above it and both ejector levers have closed to approximately 45 degrees with respect to the module faceplate. (See Figure 2-2.)

Figure 2-2 Clearing the EMI Gasket in a Horizontal Slot Chassis

c. Using the thumb and forefinger of each hand, grasp the two ejector levers and press down to create a small (0.040 inch [1 mm]) gap between the module's EMI gasket and the module above it. (See Figure 2-2.)


Caution Do not press down too firmly on the levers. They will bend and be damaged.

d. While pressing down, simultaneously close the left and right ejector levers to fully seat the supervisor engine or module in the backplane connector. The ejector levers are fully closed when they are flush with the module faceplate. (See Figure 2-3.)

Figure 2-3 Ejector Lever Closure in a Horizontal Slot Chassis


Note Failure to fully seat the module in the backplane connector can result in error messages.


e. Tighten the two captive installation screws on the supervisor engine or module.


Note Make sure the ejector levers are fully closed before tightening the captive installation screws.


Vertical slots

a. Position the supervisor engine or switching module in the slot. (See Figure 2-4.) Make sure that you align the sides of the switching-module carrier with the slot guides on the top and bottom of the slot.

Figure 2-4 Positioning the Module in a Vertical Slot Chassis

b. Carefully slide the supervisor engine or module into the slot until the EMI gasket along the right edge of the module makes contact with the module in the slot adjacent to it and both ejector levers have closed to approximately 45 degrees with respect to the module faceplate. (See Figure 2-5.)

c. Using the thumb and forefinger of each hand, grasp the two ejector levers and exert a slight pressure to the left, deflecting the module approximately 0.040 inches (1 mm) to create a small gap between the module's EMI gasket and the module adjacent to it. (See Figure 2-5.)

Figure 2-5 Clearing the EMI Gasket in a Vertical Slot Chassis


Caution Do not exert too much pressure on the ejector levers. They will bend and be damaged.

d. While pressing on the ejector levers, simultaneously close them to fully seat the supervisor engine or module in the backplane connector. The ejector levers are fully closed when they are flush with the module faceplate. (See Figure 2-6.)

Figure 2-6 Ejector Lever Closure in a Vertical Slot Chassis

e. Tighten the two captive installation screws on the module.


Note Make sure the ejector levers are fully closed before tightening the captive installation screws.



This completes the CSM installation procedure.

Verifying the Installation

When you install the CSM into the Catalyst 6500 series switch, the module goes through a boot sequence that requires no intervention. At the successful conclusion of the boot sequence, the green Status LED will light and remain on. If the Status LED does not show green, or if it shows a different color, refer to Table 1-3 to determine the module's status.