Product Documentation

Installing the Model MPX Appliance in a Rack

Jul 15, 2013

Most appliances can be installed in standard server racks. The appliances ship with a set of rails, which you must install before you mount the appliance. The only tool you will need to install an appliance is a Phillips screwdriver.

Caution: If you are installing the appliance as the only unit in the rack, mount it at the bottom. If the rack contains other units, make sure that the heaviest unit is at the bottom. If the rack has stabilizing devices available, install them before mounting the appliance.

The MPX appliance requires one rack unit. Each unit ships with a mounting rail kit that contains two rail assemblies, one for the left side and the other for the right side of the appliance, as well as screws to attach the rails. You must install the assemblies before mounting the appliance in the rack.

To mount the appliance, you must first install the rails and then install the appliance in the rack.

Perform the following tasks to install the rails:
  • Remove the inner rails from the rail assembly.
  • Attach the inner rails to the appliance.
  • Adjust the length of the rack rails.
  • Install the rack rails on the server cabinet or rack.

The following figure illustrates the steps to attach the inner rails to the appliance, attach the outer rails to the rack, and then slide the appliance out of the rack to ensure that it is locked in place.

Figure 1. Rack mounting the appliance
Rack mounting the appliance

To remove the inner rails from the rail assembly

  1. Place the rail assembly on a flat surface.
  2. Slide out the inner rail toward the front of the assembly.
  3. Depress the locking tabs until the inner rail comes all the way out of the rail assembly, as shown in the following figure.
    Figure 2. Removing inner rails
    Displays an illustration showing how to remove the inner rails.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to remove the second inner rail.

To attach the inner rails to the appliance

  1. Position the right inner rail behind the ear bracket on the right side of the appliance.
  2. Align the holes on the rail with the corresponding holes on the side of the appliance.
  3. Attach the rail to the appliance with screws, as shown in the following figure.
    Figure 3. Attaching inner rails
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to install the left inner rail on the left side of the appliance.

To install the rack rails

  1. Position the rack rails at the desired location in the rack, keeping the sliding rail guide facing inward.
  2. Snap the tool-less rails to the rack.
    Note: Make sure that both rack rails are at same height and that the rail guides are facing inward.

To install the appliance in a rack

  1. Align the inner rails, attached to the appliance, with the rack rails.
  2. Slide the appliance into the rack rails, keeping the pressure even on both sides.
  3. Verify that the appliance is locked in place by pulling it all the way out from the rack.