Catalyst 4000 Series Installation Guide
Installing the Switch
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Installing the Switch in a Rack

Table Of Contents

Installing the Switch in a Rack

Checking the Shipping Container Contents

Rack-Mounting the Switch

Required Installation Tools

Rack-Mounting Catalyst 4000 Series Switches


Installing the Switch in a Rack



Warning This unit is intended for installation in restricted access areas. A restricted access area can be accessed only through the use of a special tool, lock and key, or other means of security. Statement 1017



Warning Only trained and qualified personnel should be allowed to install, replace, or service this equipment. Statement 1030



Warning To prevent personal injury or damage to the chassis, never attempt to lift or tilt the chassis using the handles on modules (such as power supplies, fans, or cards); these types of handles are not designed to support the weight of the unit. Statement 1032


This chapter describes how to install Catalyst 4000 series switches in a rack. For first-time installations, perform the procedures in the following sections in the order listed:

Checking the Shipping Container Contents

Rack-Mounting the Switch


Note Before starting the installation procedures in this chapter, complete the site-planning checklist in Table 2-3 of Chapter 2, "Preparing for Installation."



Note For information on installing the supervisor engine and switching modules and verifying switch operation, refer to the Catalyst 4500 Series Module Installation Guide. For information on configuring the switching modules, refer to the software configuration guide for your switch.


Checking the Shipping Container Contents


Note Do not discard the shipping cartons when you unpack the switch. Flatten and store them. You will need the containers if you need to move or ship the switch in the future. Repacking instructions are provided in Appendix B, "Repacking a Switch."


Follow these steps to check the contents of the shipping cartons:


Step 1 Check the contents of the accessories box against the Accessories Box Components Checklist and the packing slip that were included with your switch. Verify that you received all listed equipment, including the following:

Switch hardware documentation and software documentation (if ordered)

Optional equipment that you ordered, such as network interface cables, transceivers, or special connectors

Step 2 Check the switching modules in each slot. Ensure that the configuration matches the packing list and that all the specified interfaces are included.


Rack-Mounting the Switch


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:


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. Statement 1006

A standard rack-mount kit is included for mounting the switch in a standard 19-inch (48.3 cm) equipment rack with two unobstructed outer posts, with a nominal depth (between the front and rear mounting posts) of 19.25 inches (48.9 cm) and a maximum depth of 32 inches (81.3 cm). This kit is not suitable for racks with obstructions (such as a power strip) that could impair access to switch field-replaceable units (FRUs).

Required Installation Tools

You will need the following tools and equipment to install the chassis in a rack:

Number 1 and number 2 Phillips screwdrivers to tighten the captive installation screws on most systems

3/16-inch flat-blade screwdriver for the captive installation screws on the supervisor engine and switching modules on some systems

Antistatic mat or antistatic foam in case you need to remove switching modules to troubleshoot the installation

Rack-mount kit

Tape measure and level

Your own electrostatic discharge (ESD) grounding strap or the disposable ESD strap included with the system

Rack-Mounting Catalyst 4000 Series Switches

Follow these steps to install a Catalyst 4000 series switch in a rack:


Step 1 Prepare for installation as follows:

a. Place the chassis on the floor or on a sturdy table as close as possible to the rack. Leave enough clearance to allow you to move around the chassis.

b. Use a tape measure to measure the depth of the rack. Measure from the outside of the front mounting posts to the outside of the rear mounting strip. The depth must be at least 19.25 inches (48.9 cm) but not greater than 32 inches (81.3 cm).

c. Measure the space between the inner edges of the left front and right front mounting posts to ensure that it is 17.75 inches (45.09 cm) wide. (The chassis is 17.25 inches [43.8 cm] wide and must fit between the mounting posts.)

d. Open the rack-mount kit and check the component checklist in Table 3-1 to verify that all parts are included.

Table 3-1 Rack-Mount Kit Checklist

Quantity
Part Description

2

L brackets

6

M4 Phillips pan-head screws

6

12-24 x 3/4-inch Phillips binder-head screws



Note Some equipment racks provide a power strip along the length of one of the rear posts. If your rack has this feature, consider the position of the strip when planning fastener points. Before installing the L brackets on the chassis, determine whether to install the chassis from the front or the rear of the rack.


Step 2 Install the L brackets, which connect the chassis to the rack, as follows:

a. Determine which end of the switch you want installed in the front of the rack.


Note Figure 3-1 and Figure 3-2 show the L brackets on the front edge of the switch chassis. If necessary, you could install the L brackets on the rear edge of the switch chassis instead.


b. Remove the screws from either the front or rear of the switch side cover panels, depending on which end of the chassis will be at the front of the rack.

c. Attach the left and right L brackets using the six M4 Phillips pan-head screws (three screws per side) provided in the rack-mount kit.

See Figure 3-1 to see how to install the L brackets on the Catalyst 4003 switch or Figure 3-2 to see how to install the L brackets on the Catalyst 4006 switch.

Figure 3-1 L Brackets on the Front Edge of the Catalyst 4003 Switch

Figure 3-2 L Brackets on the Front Edge of the Catalyst 4006 Switch

d. Attach the cable guide, if needed, using the M3 screws provided in the cable management kit. The cable guide attaches to the L bracket. Attach the cable guide to the right side of the switch to prevent the cables from obscuring module LEDs.


Note Use the cable guide to neatly arrange your switch cables so that you will have better access to the supervisor engine and switching module front panels.


See Figure 3-3 to see how to attach the cable guide to the Catalyst 4003 switch or Figure 3-4 to see how to attach the cable guide to the Catalyst 4006 switch.

Figure 3-3 Attaching the Cable Guide to the Catalyst 4003 Switch

Figure 3-4 Attaching the Cable Guide to the Catalyst 4006 Switch

Step 3 Install the chassis in the rack as follows:

a. Position the chassis in the rack:

If you want the chassis front panel to be in the front of the rack, insert the rear of the chassis between the mounting posts.

If you want the rear of the chassis to be in the front of the rack, insert the front of the chassis between the mounting posts.

See Figure 3-5 to see how to install the Catalyst 4003 switch in a rack or Figure 3-6 to see how to install the Catalyst 4006 switch in a rack.

b. Align the mounting holes in the L bracket with the mounting holes in the equipment rack.

c. Secure the chassis using six (three per side) 12-24 x 3/4-inch screws through the elongated holes in the L bracket and into the threaded holes in the mounting post.

d. Use a tape measure and level to ensure that the chassis is installed straight and level.

Figure 3-5 Installing a Catalyst 4003 Switch in the Rack

Figure 3-6 Installing a Catalyst 4006 Switch in the Rack

Step 4 Check the ejector levers to ensure that the supervisor engine and the switching module are installed securely.

Step 5 Tighten any loose captive installation screws on the supervisor engine and the switching module.

Step 6 Connect the power supply cords.

The switch comes on when the cords are connected.

This completes the installation of the Catalyst 4000 series switches.