Rack Installation

Pre-installation Preparations

Review each of the areas below to confirm that all environment prerequisites are met:

  • Facilities, power and network connector specifications

  • Network preparations

  • Other rack integration requirements

    • subdomain delegated to Oxide for rack service and instance DNS

    • SSL certificate chain and key for the Oxide subdomain

    • SAML-based identity provider for rack user authentication, if applicable

    • firewall settings configured to allow the rack to access all integration points (i.e. NTP, DNS, identity provider)

You will also consider how you want to set up the first Silo and its identity provider integration. See Completing Rack Configuration for the complete list of attributes involved.

Preliminary Product Inspection

Upon the receiving and uncrating of the Oxide Rack, verify that the package include the following items:

  • Rack unit

    • 16 or 32 compute servers (“Gimlets”)

    • 2 switches (“Sidecar”)

    • Cabled backplane

    • Power shelf, including the Power Shelf Controller (PSC)

  • 1 front door

  • 2 rear doors

  • 6 side panels

  • Power whips

  • Hot-swappable components covered in the purchase order

Perform the following visual inspection:

  • For each server sled, shine a light into the cubby to look for any physical tampering or damage

  • Confirm that cables are properly connected

  • Check that the rear connectors of the sleds appear intact

  • Verify that components intended for hot-service are all present and fully latched in place

Rack Installation in Datacenter

Once the rack has been placed in the desired location, follow the installation instructions that come with the rack. Here is a summary of the high-level steps:

Connect power and fiber cables

  1. Ratchet down rack feet

  2. Unplug all rectifiers

  3. Install power whips

  4. Connect transceivers to patch panel

Attach remaining parts

  1. Install side panels

  2. Install MotivAir chiller door, if applicable

  3. Install whip covers

Power up the rack

  1. Plug back in the rectifiers

  2. Power on the rack

Connect fibers to datacenter network

  1. Plug the fiber cable into the RJ-45 Ethernet port on the front panel

  2. Plug the other end of the fiber cable into the 4 network uplinks

As a final check before proceeding to the next step, confirm that there are no “off” or blinking LED lights on the switches and sleds.

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