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Rack Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance
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Rack Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance

Table Of Contents

Rack Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance

Contents

Overview

Rack Mounting the Cisco Physical Access Manager Appliance

Installation Precautions

Contents of the Rail Installation Kit

Mid-Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance on a Two-Post Rack

Attaching Brackets to the Chassis

Attaching L Brackets to Center Posts

Installing the Chassis in the Rack

Front-Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance on a Two-Post Rack

Attaching the Brackets to the Chassis

Attaching the L Brackets to the Rack Posts

Installing the Chassis in the Rack

Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance in a Four-Post Rack

Setting the Multi-Pin Adapters for Rack Type

Installing the Slide Rails into a Rack with Square Holes

Installing the Slide Rails into a Rack with Round Holes

Installing the Cisco PAM Appliance into the Slide Rails

Connecting to the AC Power Source

Connecting Cables

Next Steps


Rack Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance


This chapter describes how to rack mount the Cisco PAM appliance.

Contents

Overview

Rack Mounting the Cisco Physical Access Manager Appliance

Connecting to the AC Power Source

Connecting Cables

Next Steps


Note For instructions to setup the Cisco PAM server software included with the appliance, see Chapter 4, "Configuring and Monitoring the Cisco PAM Server".


Overview

Table 3-1 provides a high-level overview of the installation process.

Table 3-1 Quick Reference 

Task
References

Use the rack mount kit to install the Cisco PAM in a rack.

Rack Mounting the Cisco Physical Access Manager Appliance

Connect the Cisco PAM to an AC power source.

Connecting to the AC Power Source

Connect network and console cables.

Connecting Cables


Once the appliance is installed, continue to Chapter 4, "Configuring and Monitoring the Cisco PAM Server" for information on how to configure Cisco PAM the first time the system is started.

Rack Mounting the Cisco Physical Access Manager Appliance

This chapter provides procedures for installing rail hardware on the Cisco PAM appliance and mounting the appliance on a two-post or four-post rack.

This chapter contains the following sections:

Installation Precautions

Contents of the Rail Installation Kit

Mid-Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance on a Two-Post Rack

Front-Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance on a Two-Post Rack

You will need to have the following items to complete the rack mounting procedure:

A cross (Phillips) screwdriver

Four (4) rack screws


Caution The fastener pack, within the rail installation kit, contains eight rack screws, but you must check these to ensure that they are the appropriate size for the holes in your rack. Using the wrong size screws for your threaded rack holes can damage the rack.

Installation Precautions

Before you begin the installation, review the warnings and cautions in this section.


Warning APPLIANCE POWER ON/OFF: The push-button on/off power switch on the front panel of the appliance does not turn off the AC power. To remove AC power from the appliance, you must unplug the AC power cord from either the power supply or wall outlet.



Warning HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS—POWER SUPPLY: Hazardous voltage, current, and energy levels are present inside the power supply enclosure. There are no user-serviceable parts inside it; servicing should only be done by technically qualified personnel.



Warning HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS—DEVICES AND CABLES: Hazardous electrical conditions may be present on power, telephone, and communication cables. Turn off the appliance and disconnect telecommunications systems, networks, modems, and the power cord attached to the appliance before opening it. Otherwise, personal injury or equipment damage can result.



Warning AVOID INJURY: Lifting the appliance chassis and attaching it to the rack is a two-person job. A fully loaded Cisco PAM appliance can exceed 13.9 kg (30.6 lbs.). If needed, use an appropriate lifting device.



Caution Temperature: The operating temperature of the appliance, when installed in an equipment rack, must not go below 5 °C (41 °F) or rise above 35 °C (95 °F). Extreme fluctuations in temperature can cause a variety of problems in your appliance.


Caution Ventilation: The equipment rack must provide sufficient airflow to the front of the appliance to maintain proper cooling.

Contents of the Rail Installation Kit

Figure 3-1 Installation Kit Brackets

Table 3-2 lists the rail installation kit contents. The brackets in the rail installation kit are shown in Figure 3-1.

Table 3-2 Rail Installation Kit Contents 

Hardware Item
Quantity

Chassis brackets

2

Rear brackets

2

L brackets

2

Fastener pack

1


Figure 3-2 Fastener Pack Contents

Table 3-3 describes the fasteners that are shown in Figure 3-2.

Table 3-3 Fastener Pack Contents 

Callout
Hardware Description
Quantity

1

Screw, #10-32 x ½-inch (rack screw)

8

2

Screw, hex head

4

3

Screw, #10-32 x 7/8-inch

2

4

Handle spacers (not used)

2

5

Nut bar (not used)

4

6

Chassis disks (not used)

2


Mid-Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance on a Two-Post Rack

This section contains the following topics:

Attaching Brackets to the Chassis

Attaching L Brackets to Center Posts

Installing the Chassis in the Rack

Attaching Brackets to the Chassis

Before you begin, check the #10-32 x ½-inch screws that are included in the Fastener Pack to see if they are the correct size for your rack. If not, obtain the correct screws to use in the procedure where "rack screws" are required.

To attach brackets to the chassis, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 Remove the chassis handles by removing the two screws (see Figure 3-3) from each handle. Then, replace the screws to keep the bezel attached to the appliance.

Figure 3-3 Removing a Handle from the Chassis

Step 2 Place a mounting bracket (see item 1 in Figure 3-4) along one side of the chassis in the mid-mount position.

Step 3 Align the holes (item 2 in Figure 3-4) in the bracket with the tabs (item 3 in Figure 3-4) on the chassis and place the bracket against the chassis.

Step 4 Slide the bracket as far as it will go toward the front of the chassis.

Step 5 Fasten the bracket to the chassis using the hex head screws (item 4 in Figure 3-4).

Step 6 In the same manner, attach a bracket to the other side of the chassis.


Figure 3-4 Installing a Chassis Bracket in the Mid-mount Position

The following items are shown in Figure 3-4:

1

Chassis bracket, in mid-mount position

3

Chassis tabs

2

Bracket holes

4

Hex head screw


Attaching L Brackets to Center Posts

To attach the L brackets to the center posts, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 Position an L bracket (see item 1 in Figure 3-5) on the front side of the center post (see item 3 in Figure 3-5).

Step 2 Attach the L bracket to the center post using rack screws (see item 2 in Figure 3-5). Do not fully tighten at this time.

Step 3 In the same manner, attach an L bracket to the other center post.


Figure 3-5 Attaching an L Bracket to a Center Post

The following items are shown in Figure 3-5:

1

L bracket

3

Front side of right center post

2

Rack screw

 

Installing the Chassis in the Rack


Caution Lifting the chassis and attaching it to the rack is a two-person job. If needed, use an appropriate lifting device. A fully loaded Cisco PAM appliance weighs approximately 13.9 kg (30.6 lbs.).

To mount the chassis on the rack, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 Locate one person at the front of the rack and one at the rear.

Step 2 Position the chassis so that the L brackets (see item 1 in Figure 3-6) are inserted into the chassis mounting brackets (see item 2 in Figure 3-6).

Step 3 While one person supports the weight of the chassis, the other person must adjust the L brackets to fit tightly into the chassis brackets (see item 3 in Figure 3-6).

Figure 3-6 L Brackets Inserted into Chassis Mounting Brackets (Front View)

Step 4 Slide the chassis toward the front of the rack until the front of the chassis mounting brackets contact the rear of the center posts.

Step 5 Using the rack screws, attach the front of the mounting brackets to the front of the center posts (see Figure 3-7).

Step 6 Tighten all screws.


Figure 3-7 Installing the Chassis in the Rack

The following items are shown in Figure 3-7:

1

Chassis bracket in mid-mount position

2

Rack screws


Front-Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance on a Two-Post Rack


Warning The rack mount kit for the Cisco PAM provides the option for mounting the system in a two post front-mount-only configuration. However, this option is not recommended for use in most rack systems. If you wish to use a front-mount-only configuration, it is strongly recommended that you verify with your rack vendor that your specific rack is designed to support the excessive weight and stresses that this mounting configuration imposes on the rack. If the rack is not designed for this type of load, you may experience structural failure of the rack. Rather, you should use a four-post or a two-post mid-mount configuration, when possible.


This section contains the following topics:

Attaching the Brackets to the Chassis

Attaching the L Brackets to the Rack Posts

Installing the Chassis in the Rack

Attaching the Brackets to the Chassis

Before you begin, check the #10-32 x ½-inch screws that are included in the Fastener Pack to see if they are the correct size for your rack. If not, obtain the correct screws to use in the procedure where "rack screws" are required.

To install the Cisco PAM appliance in a front-mount position on a two-post rack system, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 Remove the chassis handles by removing two screws (see Figure 3-8) from each handle. Then, replace the screws to keep the bezel attached to the appliance.

Figure 3-8 Removing a Handle from the Chassis

Step 2 Place a mounting bracket (see item 1 in Figure 3-9) along one side of the chassis in the front-mount position.

Step 3 Align the holes (see item 2 in Figure 3-9) in the bracket with the tabs (see item 3 in Figure 3-9) on the chassis and place the bracket against the chassis.

Step 4 Slide the bracket toward the front of the chassis, until the forward-most hole on the bracket is aligned with the second hole on the chassis (if you attempt to use the first hole on the chassis, the holes will not align properly with the bracket).

Step 5 Attach the bracket to the chassis using hex head screws (see item 4 in Figure 3-9).

Step 6 In the same manner, attach a bracket to the other side of the chassis.

Figure 3-9 Installing a Chassis Bracket in the Front-mount Position

The following items are shown in Figure 3-9:

1

Chassis bracket in front mount position

3

Chassis tabs

2

Bracket holes

4

Hex head screw


Attaching the L Brackets to the Rack Posts


Step 1 Position an L bracket (see item 1 in Figure 3-10) on the rear side of the one of the posts (item 3).

Step 2 Attach the L bracket to the center post using the rack screws (see item 2 in Figure 3-10). Do not fully tighten the screw at this time.

Step 3 In the same manner, attach an L bracket to the other post.


Figure 3-10 Attaching an L Bracket to a Center Post

The following items are called out in Figure 3-10:

1

L bracket

3

Front side of right center post

2

Rack screw

 

Installing the Chassis in the Rack


Caution Lifting the chassis and attaching it to the rack is a two-person job. If needed, use an appropriate lifting device. A fully loaded Cisco PAM appliance weighs approximately 14 kg (31 lbs.).


Step 1 Locate one person at the front of the rack and one at the rear.

Step 2 Position the chassis so that the L brackets (see item 1 in Figure 3-11) are inserted into the chassis mounting brackets (see item 2 in Figure 3-11).

Step 3 While one person supports the weight of the chassis from the rear, the other person must adjust the L brackets to fit tightly into the chassis brackets (see item 3 in Figure 3-11).

Figure 3-11 L Brackets Inserted into Chassis Mounting Brackets

Step 4 Slide the chassis toward the rear of the rack until the front of the chassis brackets contact the front of the center posts.

Step 5 Using the rack screws, attach the front of the mounting brackets to the front of the center posts (see Figure 3-12).

Step 6 Tighten all screws.


Figure 3-12 Front-Mounting the Chassis in the Rack

Mounting the Cisco PAM Appliance in a Four-Post Rack


Warning When the appliance is installed in a rack and is fully extended on its slide rail, it is possible for the rack to become unstable and tip over, which could cause serious injury. To eliminate the risk of rack instability from extending the rail or in the event of an earthquake, you should affix the rack to the floor.


The four-post slide rail kit consist of individual left and right slide rails. Figure 3-13 shows the some of the features of the four-post slide rail.

This section contains the following topics:

Setting the Multi-Pin Adapters for Rack Type

Installing the Slide Rails into a Rack with Square Holes

Installing the Cisco PAM Appliance into the Slide Rails


Note Each rail consists of three pieces that slide to extend the rail to its full length. To access the features of the innermost piece, such as the release levers (see Figure 3-13), you must grasp the end of the innermost piece and pull it firmly out of the piece that contains it.


Figure 3-13 Release Levers on the Slide Rail Hardware

The following items are shown in Figure 3-13:

1

Slide release lever

2

Component release lever


Setting the Multi-Pin Adapters for Rack Type


NoteThe 10-32 threaded holes in the fixed portion of the Multi-Pin Adapter are for securing during shipping (if desired) and for the attachment of front panel blanks (if desired)

The slide rails are shipped with the Multi-Pin Adapters set for square holes. If your rack has square mounting holes, skip this section.


The Multi-pin Adapters allow the slide rails to be used in racks that have square mounting holes or round mounting holes.

To set the adapters for the rack type, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 On each slide rail, reverse the Multi-Pin Adapter position to match the rack mounting hole type if necessary. Remove the Multi-Pin Adapter by rotating the Swivel Lock up, pressing the mounting pins together, and then pulling the adapter from the Multi-Pin Bracket.

Step 2 Install the Multi-Pin Adapter by pressing the pins together while inserting the adapter into the bracket. Multi-Pin Adapter must be fully locked in the bracket. Make certain both mounting pins on the Multi-Pin Adapter are fully engaged in the Multi-Pin Bracket; then lock the Multi-Pin Adapter in place using the Swivel Lock.

Step 3 Repeat the above steps for both ends of each slide rail.

Step 4 To lock the adapters in place, follow these steps:

a. Rotate Swivel Lock to "up" position (see the left-hand illustration in Figure 3-14). Press pins together and insert rack mating end of Multi-Pin Adapter through corresponding holes in bracket. (Insert into bracket with slotted pin in "up" position as shown.)

b. When Multi-Pin Adapter is fully seated in bracket, close the swivel lock (right-hand illustration in Figure 3-14).

c. If you have the adapter seated properly, you should be able to easily rotate the Swivel Lock to the fully locked (closed) position.


Figure 3-14 Locking the Adapter into Place

Installing the Slide Rails into a Rack with Square Holes


Caution If you mount the slide rail in holes that are not vertically aligned from front to back, you can damage the slide rail and your mounting may not be secure.

To install the slide rails into the rack, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 At all four rack uprights, determine the vertical position in the rack where the slide rails are to be installed. The top-most mounting hole for a particular Rack Unit (RU) mounting position is typically identified by a mark or hole (see Figure 3-15).

Figure 3-15 Mounting Position Marks on a Rack

Step 2 Noting the holes that you determined in Step 1, align the left slide rail with its mounting holes.

Step 3 Hold the slide rail in desired rack mounting position. At the rear of slide rail, press the Multi-Pin Adapter mounting pins together (item 1 in Figure 3-16) and insert the slide rail into rack post (item 2 in Figure 3-16).

Figure 3-16 Inserting the Adapter Pins into the Mounting Holes

The following table describes some of the correct and incorrect ways to insert the adapter pins into the rack, as illustrated in Figure 3-17.:

1

Correct

The Multi-Pin Adapter pins are fully engaged in rack holes. Also, the rack hole into which the top pin was inserted aligns with one of the round RU holes.

2

Not correct

Note that the Multi-Pin Adapter pins are not fully engaged in the rack holes

3

Not correct

The rack hole into which the top pin was inserted does not align with one of the RU holes.


Figure 3-17 Correct and Incorrect Adapter Pin Insertion

Step 4 Making certain the proper mounting holes on rack upright are selected, repeat the above step at the slide rail front mounting position. Ensure slide rail is level.

Step 5 Fully extend the slide rail to its fully extended (locked) position. Press the Slide Extension Release Levers to release the lock. Move the slide rail in and out throughout its entire range of motion and make certain it does not bind.

If you notice some binding, recheck the mounting positions.

Step 6 Repeat Steps 2 through 5 for the right slide rail, ensuring that it is parallel and level with the left slide rail.

Installing the Slide Rails into a Rack with Round Holes


Caution If you mount the slide rail in holes that are not vertically aligned from front to back, you can damage the slide rail and your mounting may not be secure.


Note When you install the rail hardware into a rack with round holes, you must position the rails so that they are inside the rack with the brackets facing outward. This placement decreases the amount of space between the posts into which you will slide the chassis. Ensure that you have adequate space for the chassis to slide into the rack.

The required clearance is approximately 17.4 inches, or 44.2 centimeters.


To install the slide rails into the rack, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 At all four rack uprights, determine the vertical position in the rack where the slide rails are to be installed. The top-most mounting hole for a particular Rack Unit (RU) mounting position is typically identified by a mark or hole.

Step 2 Noting the holes that you determined in Step 1, align the left slide rail with its mounting holes.

Step 3 Hold the slide rail in desired rack mounting position, with the rail on the inside of the rack and the brackets facing outward. At the rear of slide rail, press the rear bracket against the rear post of the rack and secure the bracket to the rack with rack screws.

Step 4 Making certain that you selected the proper mounting holes on the front rail post (in other words, that the rail is level) place the front bracket against the front post and secure the bracket to the rack with rack screws.

Step 5 Fully extend the slide rail to its fully extended (locked) position. Press the Slide Extension Release Levers to release the lock. Move the slide rail in and out throughout its entire range of motion and make certain it does not bind.

If you notice some binding, recheck the mounting positions.

Step 6 Repeat Steps 2 through 5 for the right slide rail, ensuring that it is parallel and level with the left slide rail.


Installing the Cisco PAM Appliance into the Slide Rails

To install the Cisco PAM appliance into the slide rails, perform the following procedure:


Step 1 Extend both slide rails into the fully extended (locked) position.

Step 2 Align the mounting studs with the mounting channels on the slide rails (see Figure 3-18).

Step 3 Carefully place the component's mounting studs in the mounting channels on the slide rails. Allow the component mounting studs to fully seat in the mounting channels.

The Component Release Levers (one on each slide rail) pivot to lock when the studs are fully engaged in the mounting channels and then to release the studs when you press the release. Ensure that the Component Release Levers are in locked position.

Figure 3-18 Aligning the Slide Rail with the Mounting Studs

Step 4 Press and hold the left and right Slide Extension Release Levers and slowly slide the component and slide rails into the fully retracted position.


Connecting to the AC Power Source


Warning This equipment must be grounded. 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. Statement 1024


Connect the AC power receptacle to the AC power source with the provided power cable.

Connecting Cables

Use unshielded twisted-pair (UTP,) copper-wire Ethernet cable, with standard RJ-45-compatible plugs, to connect the Cisco PAM to the network.

To connect the cables:


Step 1 Plug the Ethernet network connection into port ETH 1. See Figure 1-9 on page 1-18 for the location of the Ethernet ports.

Step 2 If a redundant standby appliance is installed, connect the supplied serial cable between the serial ports on each appliance. See Figure 1-9 on page 1-18 for the location of the serial port.


Warning Do not work on the system or connect or disconnect cables during periods of lightning activity.


Next Steps

Complete the initial Cisco PAM configuration as described in Chapter 4, "Configuring and Monitoring the Cisco PAM Server".