Cisco Physical Access Manager Appliance User Guide, Release 1.1.0
Preparing to Rack Mount the Cisco PAM Appliance
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Preparing to Rack Mount the Cisco PAM Appliance

Table Of Contents

Preparing to Rack Mount the Cisco PAM Appliance

Contents

Review All Safety Information and Guidelines

Preparing Your Site for Installation

Environmental

Choosing a Site for Installation

Grounding the System

Creating a Safe Environment

AC Power

Cabling

Precautions for Rack-Mounting

Required Tools and Equipment


Preparing to Rack Mount the Cisco PAM Appliance


This chapter describes the safety instructions and site requirements for installing the Cisco PAM appliance, and guides you through installation preparation.

Contents

Review All Safety Information and Guidelines

Preparing Your Site for Installation

Precautions for Rack-Mounting

Required Tools and Equipment


Note Read the Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for Cisco Physical Access Manager document that came with your device before you begin the installation.


Review All Safety Information and Guidelines

Review all safety warnings and guidelines in the following sections:

Safety Warnings, page -xiii

Safety Guidelines, page -xvi

Preparing Your Site for Installation

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

Environmental

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

Use the following precautions when planning the operating environment for your Cisco PAM:

Always follow the ESD-prevention procedures described in Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge, page -xvii, to avoid damage to equipment. Damage from static discharge can cause immediate or intermittent equipment failure.

Ensure that the chassis cover is secure. The chassis allows cooling air to flow effectively within it. An open chassis allows air leaks, which could interrupt and redirect the flow of cooling air from internal components.

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 you operate has adequate air circulation.

Choosing a Site for Installation


Warning This unit is intended for installation in restricted access areas. A restricted access area is where access can only be gained by service personnel through the use of a special tool, lock and key, or other means of security, and is controlled by the authority responsible for the location.


For optimal installation, choose a site:

With a dry, clean, well-ventilated and air-conditioned area.

That maintains an ambient temperature of 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F).

Grounding the System


Warning Never defeat the ground conductor or operate the equipment in the absence of a suitably installed ground conductor. Contact the appropriate electrical inspection authority or an electrician if you are uncertain that suitable grounding is available.


Creating a Safe Environment

Follow these guidelines to create a safe operating environment:

Keep tools and chassis components off the floor and away from foot traffic.

Clear the area of possible hazards, such as moist floors, ungrounded power extension cables, and missing safety grounds.

Keep the area around the chassis free from dust and foreign conductive material (such as metal flakes from nearby construction activity).

AC Power

Ensure that the plug-socket combination is accessible at all times, because it serves as the main disconnecting device. For the Cisco PAM power requirements, see Appendix C, "Hardware Specifications for the Cisco PAM Appliance."


Warning This product requires short-circuit (overcurrent) protection to be provided as part of the building installation. Install only in accordance with national and local wiring regulations.


Cabling

Use the cables in the accessory kit to connect the Cisco PAM console port to a console or computer that is running a console program. In addition to using the console cable, use the provided standard Ethernet cable to connect the Cisco PAM to your network.

Precautions for Rack-Mounting

Warning


To prevent bodily injury when mounting or servicing this unit in a rack, you must take special precautions to ensure that the system remains stable. The following guidelines are provided to ensure your safety:

Observe the following precautions for rack stability and safety. Also refer to the rack installation documentation accompanying the rack for specific warning and caution statements and procedures.


Note Component refers to any server, storage system, or appliance, and to various peripherals or supporting hardware.


Do not move large racks by yourself. Due to the height and weight of the rack, a minimum of two people are needed to accomplish this task.

Ensure that the rack is level and stable before extending a component from the rack.

Do not overload the AC supply branch circuit that provides power to the rack. The total rack load should not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating.

Ensure that proper airflow is provided to components in the rack.

Do not step or stand on any system or component when servicing other systems and components in a rack.

This unit should be mounted at the bottom of the rack if it is the only unit in the rack.

When mounting this unit in a partially filled rack, load the rack from the bottom to the top with the heaviest component at the bottom of the rack.

If the rack is provided with stabilizing devices, install the stabilizers before mounting or servicing the unit in the rack.


Required Tools and Equipment

You need the following tools and equipment to install the Cisco PAM:

Number 2 Phillips-head screwdriver

Tape measure and level

Antistatic mat or antistatic foam

ESD grounding strap