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Installing and Maintaining the
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  • Page 1 Installing and Maintaining the E300 System...
  • Page 2 © 2010 Dell Force10. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell™, the DELL logo, Dell Precision™, OptiPlex™, Latitude™, PowerEdge™, PowerVault™, ®...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 About this Guide Information Symbols and Warnings ........7 Related Publications .
  • Page 4 Blank Panels ............31 Unpacking Cards.
  • Page 5 D System Specifications Chassis Physical Design..........59 Environmental Parameters .
  • Page 6 Contents...
  • Page 7: About This Guide

    About this Guide This guide provides site preparation recommendations, step-by-step procedures for installing the Dell Force10 E300 chassis, as well as instructions to install the fan tray, power supplies, route processor modules (RPMs), switch fabric modules (SFMs), and line cards.
  • Page 8: Related Publications

    CAUTION: Wear grounding wrist straps when handling this equipment to avoid ESD damage. CAUTION: Earthing (AKA grounding) connection essential before connecting supply. Always make the ground connection first and disconnect it last. CAUTION: Disposal of this equipment should be handled according to all national laws and regulations. See Product Recycling and Disposal on page Related Publications For more information about the E300 system, refer to the following documents:...
  • Page 9: The E300 System

    The E300 System The Dell Force 10 E300 System is a high performance, low cost switch/router. The eight-slot system contains two slots for route processor modules (RPMs) and six slots for line cards. The two Switch Fabric Modules (SFMs) are required for line rate packet processing.
  • Page 10 Figure 2-2. E300 Chassis Rear View with AC Power Supplies Standby Switch AC Power Supply AC Power Supply LEDs Power Inlet Socket fn00121a Optional Grounding Air Filter Holes Figure 2-3. E300 Chassis Rear View with DC PEMs DC Power Supply Slot 0 DC Power Supply Slot 1...
  • Page 11: E300 System Installation Process

    Cable management bracket *With one SFM, the E300 does not transmit traffic at line rate. E300 System Installation Process To install the E300 System, Dell Force10 recommends that you install the chassis and modules in the following order: Step Task...
  • Page 12 The E300 System...
  • Page 13: Site Preparation

    WARNING: Lift the E300 chassis only from the bottom. Lifting by the chassis shelves or power module openings will damage the chassis. Dell Force10 recommends using an equipment lift or pallet jack to lift and install your E300 chassis into your rack or cabinet. Complete the chassis installation into the rack or cabinet before inserting any components (fan tray, power modules, line cards etc.) into the chassis.
  • Page 14: Rack Mounting

    Rack Mounting When you prepare your equipment rack: • Make sure the rack is bolted to the floor and/or braced to a wall or ceiling. • Make sure that the rack is grounded to earth ground. The equipment rack must be grounded to the same ground point used by the power service in your area.
  • Page 15: Dc Power

    If the E300 is connected to a 220 VAC power supply, two power supply modules are required; four power supply modules are required for full facility redundancy (2 + 2). For installation instructions, see Installing AC Power Modules on page 2500W AC Power Requirements Parameters Specifications...
  • Page 16: Fans And Airflow

    Shipping components installed, without their protective packaging, may damage the components and the chassis backplane. If you do not install your E300 System and components immediately, Dell Force10 recommends you properly store components and all extra field-replaceable parts (spares) until you are ready to install them.
  • Page 17: Installing The Chassis

    Installing the Chassis Safety Considerations WARNING: The E300 System is packaged in two separate containers. The chassis container measures 25.5” x 31” x 28” and weighs approximately 135 pounds. The board container measures 24” x 34.5” x 26.5” and weighs approximately 90 pounds. Use an equipment lift or pallet jack to install or lift the chassis. Lifting the chassis by its shelves or fan try opening will cause chassis damage.
  • Page 18: Installing The Chassis Into An Equipment Cabinet

    Step Task Using the screws provided with your equipment rack, insert screws into both the chassis rack mounting bracket and the equipment rack and tighten (see Figure 4-2). Figure 4-2. Rack Mounting the Chassis For 19-inch mid mount and 23-inch mid mount brackets, refer to the documentation included with those brackets.
  • Page 19: Installing Power Modules

    Installing Power Modules This chapter contains the following major sections: • Installing AC Power Modules • Installing DC Power Entry Modules on page 22 • Power Supply and Fan Operability Test on page 27 The E300 system requires a minimum of one DC Power Entry Module (PEM) or a minimum of two AC Power Supplies (see AC and DC Power on page 14).
  • Page 20: Ac Power Requirements

    AC Power Cord Requirements Each AC power supply is shipped with a Dell Force10-approved AC power cord and only that cord should be used to connect the AC power supply to the appropriate AC outlet. The power source end of the power cord must have an appropriately sized plug that complies with your local electrical codes.
  • Page 21 Figure 5-1. AC Power Supply Locations Standby Switch AC Power Supply AC Power Supply LEDs Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3 fn00121b Optional Grounding Air Filter Holes The E300 contains four power supply slots in the rear of the chassis (Figure 5-1).
  • Page 22: Installing An Ac Power Supply

    Installing an AC Power Supply To install an AC power supply: Step Task Toggle the Standby Switch of the power supply to the standby position, as shown in the Standby position image here. NOTE: If the E300 is already operating, you can insert a new power supply without shutting down the E300.
  • Page 23: Dc Requirements

    Figure 5-2. DC PEM Locations DC Power Supply Slot 0 DC Power Supply Slot 1 fn00121cHH Optional Grounding Air Filter Holes DC Requirements Maximum Power Dissipation 2400W Maximum DC PEM Input Current Redundancy For full facility redundancy, install two DC PEMs where each PEM must be attached to an independent power source with a dedicated circuit breaker sized in accordance with your local building and electrical safety codes.
  • Page 24: Removing A Dc Pem

    LED Status Status Status Pwr In Pwr In CC-E300-PWR-DC Status Green—no fault detected Amber— under voltage Unlit—circuit not energized or circuit breaker open Pwr In OK Green—no fault detected Amber— polarity of (+) and (-) are reversed in external cables Unlit—no power or power is under voltage Removing a DC PEM The left chassis PEM slot is labelled “0”...
  • Page 25: Installing A Dc Pem

    Installing a DC PEM Step Task Turn the remote power source (the circuit breaker panel) to the OFF position. Turn the over current protector (located on the PEM front panel) to the OFF position. Loosen the PEM safety cover retaining screw and remove the cover (Figure 5-3).
  • Page 26 Step Task (continued) Secure the chassis ground connection: WARNING: You must complete the ground connection before proceeding with the PEM installation. Locate the chassis ground connector studs on the PEM front panel (see Figure 5-4). The two studs on the upper left are the ground connection.
  • Page 27: Power Supply And Fan Operability Test

    Power Supply and Fan Operability Test After you have completed the fan tray and power supply installation, verify their operability by supplying power to the chassis and verifying the status LEDs. NOTE: If there is an AC Power Supply or DC PEM failure, the entire unit must be replaced. There are no field serviceable parts inside the AC Power Supply or DC PEM unit.
  • Page 28 Installing Power Modules...
  • Page 29: Installing E300 Fan Tray

    Using a #2 Phillips screwdriver, secure the fan tray into place by tightening the screws at the top and bottom of the fan tray. For information on returning a fan tray to Dell Force10, see Requesting a Hardware Replacement on...
  • Page 30 Installing E300 Fan Tray...
  • Page 31: Installing Rpms, Line Cards, And Sfms

    Installing RPMs, Line Cards, and SFMs The E300 System accommodates six line cards, two Route Processor Module (RPMs), and two Switch Fabric Modules (SFMs). RPMs The E300 system requires the installation of at least one RPM, although two are recommended for redundancy.
  • Page 32: Installing The Rpms And Line Cards

    WARNING: Do not supply power to your E300 system until the PEM and fan tray are installed and verified, and RPMs, SFMs, and line cards have been installed. Installing the RPMs and Line Cards CAUTION: Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein may result in hazardous laser exposure.
  • Page 33: Rpm Label And Leds

    %IRC-6-IRC_COMMUP: Link to peer RPM is up %RAM-6-RAM_TASK: RPM1 is in Standby State. Once the link between the two RPMs is established, copy the running configuration to the startup configuration. RPM Label and LEDs Table 7-1. RPM Front Panel and LED Descriptions Section Label Description...
  • Page 34: Line Card Leds

    Table 7-1. RPM Front Panel and LED Descriptions (continued) Section Label Description PEM0, PEM1 Not Supported LEDs Primary LED Indicates that this RPM is the Primary RPM. Green: primary Unlit: standby Reset Button To reset the RPM, depress the button by inserting a small object, such as a pen tip. Status LED Green: operational Amber: fault detected...
  • Page 35: Installing Switch Fabric Modules (sfms)

    Figure 7-2. Using the Expandable Cable Management Bracket fn00142hh To use the cable management system: Step Task Route cables, to the right, across the cable bracket. Thread cables horizontally through the wire-tie loops. Tighten the wire-ties, as appropriate, to your cable bundles. Do not exceed the recommended minimum of a 1.5 bend radius for fiber optic cables.
  • Page 36 Figure 7-3. SFM Table 7-2 describes the SFM front panel and LEDs. Table 7-2. SFM Front Panel and LED Descriptions Description Active Green: active and passing traffic Unlit: in standby mode Status Flashing Green: booting Green: operational Amber: fault detected Unlit: no power Figure 7-4.
  • Page 37 To install SFMs: Step Task Hold the card by the edges. Avoid touching the printed circuit board and connector pins. Extend the card lever before you insert the card into the slot. Align the card with the guide and gently slide it into the slot until you feel the connectors engage with the chassis backplane.
  • Page 38 Installing RPMs, Line Cards, and SFMs...
  • Page 39: Rpm Ports And Cables

    RPM Ports and Cables The RPM contains three ports, which are labeled and described as: • Console. A Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) port with an RJ-45 jack is used for system configuration and monitoring. Modem connections are not supported on the Console. •...
  • Page 40: Accessing The Console With A Db-9 Adapter

    Figure 8-1. Pinouts for an RJ-45 Connector End of Adaptors 87654321 Table 8-1 displays the RJ-45 console port pin assignments. Table 8-2 displays the RJ-45 auxiliary port pin assignments. The table below displays the RJ-45 console port pin assignments. Table 8-1. Console Port (RJ-45) Pin Assignments Signal Input/Output NC (unused)
  • Page 41: Accessing The Console With A Db-25 Adapter

    You can connect to the console using a RJ-45 to RJ-45 rollover cable and a RJ-45 to DB-9 female DTE adapter (labeled “TERMINAL”) to a terminal server (for example, PC). The table below list the pin assignments. Table 8-3. Pin Assignments Between the E300 Console and a DTE Terminal Server E300 System RJ-45 to RJ-45 Rollover Cable RJ-45 to DB-9...
  • Page 42: Accessing The 10/100 Ethernet Management Port

    You can access the auxiliary port using a dial-up modem using a RJ-45 to RJ-45 rollover cable and a RJ- 45 to a DB-25 male DCE adapter (labeled “MODEM”). The table below lists the pin assignments. Table 8-5. RJ-45 to DB-25 Adapter Pin (Modem) Assignments E300 System RJ-45 to RJ-45 Rollover Cable RJ-45 to DB-25...
  • Page 43: Powering Up

    NOTE: Make sure that the switch on the remote power source is in the OFF position until you are ready to supply power to the chassis. Before you supply power to your chassis, Dell Force10 recommends that you re-inspect your equipment rack and chassis.
  • Page 44: Booting To The Cli Prompt

    Step Task The fan tray LED should be green (online). Verify that air is flowing through the chassis. If the fans are not operating properly or air is not flowing through the chassis, power off the chassis at the power module.
  • Page 45: Removing And Replacing Components

    Appendix C, Alarms, on page 57 for more information on alarms. For details on returning components to Dell Force10, see Requesting a Hardware Replacement on page When a component fails, the E300 System system triggers major or minor alarm LEDs (located on the RPM), sends events to the SNMP trap and show alarms table, disables or changes component Status LEDs or triggers an audible alarm.
  • Page 46: Removing And Replacing Power Module

    Figure 10-1. E300 Fan Tray Handle Status LED Status fn00131a To remove and replace the fan tray: Step Task Unscrew the retaining screws at the top and bottom of the fan tray. Grip the handle and pull the fan tray out approximately one inch from the chassis. Wait 30 seconds, until the fan blades stop rotating, then completely remove the fan tray.
  • Page 47: Removing And Replacing Rpms, Line Cards, Or Sfms

    To remove an AC Power Supply: Step Task Toggle the switch on the AC Power Supply to the OFF position. Disconnect the power cable from the AC power source. Loosen the retaining screws. Pull the AC Power Supply out of the slot. If you are replacing an AC Power Supply, go to Chapter 5, Installing Power Modules, on page If you are replacing an AC Power Supply, go to...
  • Page 48: Removing And Replacing The Air Filter

    To remove and replace E300 RPMs and line cards: Step Task Unplug the network interface cables connected to the line card or RPM. Loosen the captive screws and pull the ejector levers simultaneously toward you to disengage the backplane connections. If you are installing a line card, follow these procedures: •...
  • Page 49 Figure 10-2. Replacing the Air Filter To remove and replace the air filter: Step Task Pull the air filter straight out of the chassis. Insert the filter replacement as shown in Figure 10-2. Guide the filter firmly into the slot until it stops. Removing and Replacing Components...
  • Page 50 Removing and Replacing Components...
  • Page 51: A System Boot

    System Boot When you supply power to the E300 system, the system performs a series of power-on self-tests. SFM, RPM, and line card Status LEDs blink during initialization. No user interaction is required as long as the boot process proceeds without interruption. Observe the process on your console monitor. When the boot process is complete, the SFM, RPM and line card Status LEDs remain online (green) and the console monitor displays the command line interface (CLI) prompt, Force10>...
  • Page 52 Command Purpose (continued) boot change {primary | secondary If your configuration displays no preconfigured operating system boot | default} parameters, use the boot change command to edit appropriate fields. • The primary operating system boot parameters are used in the first attempt to boot the system.
  • Page 53 Command Purpose (continued) show bootvar This command displays the current operating system boot configuration parameters. BOOT_USER # show bootvar PRIMARY OPERATING SYSTEM BOOT PARAMETERS: ======================================== boot device : flash file name : /FTOS-EF-6.1.x.y.bin SECONDARY OPERATING SYSTEM BOOT PARAMETERS: ========================================== No Operating System boot parameters specified! show bootflash This command displays information about the current boot ROM.
  • Page 54 Command Purpose (continued) interface management port config • Use these commands to set the speed and duplex settings for the Management 100m interface.The default setting is full-duplex and auto-negotiation. interface management port config • Use the interface management port config show command to view the Management interface’s physical settings.
  • Page 55: B The Compact Flash Card

    Compact Flash Card and then transfer the configuration to other E300 systems in your network. NOTE: Use only the Dell Force10 external flash memory card in your E300 System. Additional memory cards can be purchased from Dell Force10.
  • Page 56: Formatting A Compact Flash Card

    Formatting a Compact Flash Card New Compact Flash cards must be formatted in the E300 before use. Flash cards used on systems other than the E300, as well as cards formatted on PCs, must be reformatted in the E300 flash slot before they can be used. Similar to formatting a new diskette, formatting erases all information stored on the flash card.
  • Page 57 Alarms The E300 System generates major and minor alarms for the following conditions: • fan tray status • power supply status • RPMs status • high temperature on RPMs • line cards status • high temperature on line cards • SFMs status •...
  • Page 58: Ac Power Supplies And Alarms

    Table C-1. Alarm Events and Reporting (continued) Module Alarm Event Alarm LED Reported in Status LED Audible event log on Module Alarm? Line Card Hardware failure major (red) major amber Exceeds high temperature limit major (red) major unlit Exceeds warning temperature limit minor (amber) minor green...
  • Page 59: D System Specifications

    System Specifications The major sections in this appendix are: • Chassis Physical Design • Environmental Parameters on page 60 • Power Supplies System Power Requirements on page 60 • Module Power Requirements on page 61 • Agency Compliance on page 61 •...
  • Page 60: Environmental Parameters

    Environmental Parameters Parameter Specifications Operating: Temperature 40° to 105°F (5° to 40°C) Maximum altitude No performance degradation to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) Relative humidity 5 to 85 percent, noncondensing Non-operating: Temperature -40° to 158°F (-40° to 70°C) Maximum altitude 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) Relative humidity 5 to 95 percent, noncondensing Power Supplies System Power Requirements...
  • Page 61: Module Power Requirements

    Properly shielded and grounded cables and connectors must be used in order to meet FCC emission limits. Dell Force10 is not responsible for any radio or television interference caused by using other than recommended cables and connectors or by unauthorized changes or modifications in the equipment.
  • Page 62: Safety Standards And Compliance Agency Certifications

    (VCCI). If this equipment is used in a domestic environment, radio disturbance may arise. When such trouble occurs, the user may be required to take corrective actions. WARNING: AC Power cords are for use with Dell Force10 equipment only. Do not use Dell Force10 AC power cords with any unauthorized hardware.
  • Page 63: Electromagnetic Compatibility (emc)

    Force10 encourages owners of information technology (IT) equipment to responsibly recycle their equipment when it is no longer needed. Dell Force10 offers a variety of product return programs and services in several countries to assist equipment owners in recycling their IT products.
  • Page 64 EEE on the environment and human health due to the potential presence of hazardous substances in EEE. Dell Force10 products, which fall within the scope of the WEEE, are labeled with the crossed-out wheelie-bin symbol, as shown above, as required by WEEE.
  • Page 65: E Technical Support

    Locating E300 Serial Numbers on page 67 The iSupport Website iSupport provides a range of documents and tools to assist you with effectively using Dell Force10 equipment and mitigating the impact of network outages. Through iSupport you can obtain technical information regarding Dell Force10 products, access to software upgrades and patches, and open and manage your Technical Assistance Center (TAC) cases.
  • Page 66: Contacting The Technical Assistance Center

    Contacting the Technical Assistance Center How to Contact Dell Force10 Log in to iSupport at www.force10networks.com/support/, and select the Service Request tab. Information to Submit When • Your name, company name, phone number, and E-mail address Opening a Support Case •...
  • Page 67: Locating E300 Serial Numbers

    • Using the Create Service Request form on the iSupport page (see Contacting the Technical Assistance Center on page 66). • Contacting Dell Force10 directly by E-mail or by phone (see Contacting the Technical Assistance Center on page 66). Provide the following information when using E-mail or phone: •...
  • Page 68 Figure E-1. Serial Number on Back of Chassis E300 Chassis Rear AA1234567 Chassis Serial Number Line Card: The serial number of any E300 line card is located on the far right of its faceplate (Figure E-2). Figure E-2. Serial Number on 48-port 1-Gigabit Line Card 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1234567...
  • Page 69 Figure E-3. Serial Number on Route Processor Module Status Status Assy Assy Serial Serial AA1234567 fnC0016mp-E300 Power Supply: The serial number of the power supply module is located on the right side of its faceplate, as oriented in Figure E-4. Figure E-4.
  • Page 70 Figure E-6. Serial Number on Fan Tray Status Assy Assy Serial # Serial # AA123456 Technical Support...
  • Page 71: Index

    Index flash memory card, external 55 AC power supplies installing 22 installing air filter AC power supplies 22 replacing 48 DC power supplies 22 air flow 14 fan tray 29 alarms line cards 31 fan trays 45 RPM 32 line cards 47 SFMs 35 PEMs 46 relay contacts on RPM 33...
  • Page 72 negotiate 54 rack interface management port config show 54 placement 14 reload 54 recycling, switch 63 show bootflash 53 removing show bootvar 53 air filters 48 show interface management ethernet 54 fan trays 46 line cards 48 Warning 8 PEMs 47 WEEE 64 RPMs 48 SFMs 48...
  • Page 74 Printed in the U.S.A. w w w . d e l l . c o m | s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m...

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