Installing rails for NetApp HCI and SolidFire H-series nodes

Before you install your NetApp HCI or SolidFire system, you need to install the rails that were shipped to you.

Before you begin

Attention: Consider the following guidelines to ensure your safety while installing the rails:
  • Install hardware from the bottom of the rack up to the top to prevent the equipment from toppling over.
  • If your rack includes stabilizing devices, install them before you install the hardware.

About this task

There are different types of rack units available in the market. The installation steps might vary depending on the type of rack you have. Use the instructions provided here as a reference. You should also refer to the installation instructions that came with the rack you are using. The procedure for installing rails applies to the following hardware models:
  • Two rack unit (2U), four-node NetApp HCI chassis that includes H410S storage nodes and H410C compute nodes. The 2U, four-node H-Series chassis is shipped with two sets of adapters. If you want to install the chassis in a rack with round holes, use the adapters appropriate for a rack with round holes.
  • 2U H610C chassis
  • One rack unit (1U) H610S chassis
  • 1U H615C chassis
Note: In the case of H610C, H615C, and H610S, the terms "node" and "chassis" are used interchangeably because node and chassis are not separate components, unlike in the case of the 2U, four-node chassis.
The rails for H410C and H410S nodes fit a rack between 29 inches and 33.5 inches in depth. When the rail is fully contracted, it is 28 inches long, and the front and rear sections of the rail are held together by only one screw.
CAUTION:
If you install the chassis onto a fully contracted rail, the front and rear sections of the rail might separate.

Steps

  1. If you are installing rails for a 2U, four-node NetApp HCI chassis, perform the following steps:
    1. Align the front of the rail with the holes on the front post of the rack.
    2. Push the hooks on the front of the rail into the holes on the front post of the rack and then down, until the spring-loaded pegs snap into the rack holes.
    3. Secure the rail to the rack with screws.

      The following illustration shows the left rail being attached to the front of the rack:

    4. Extend the rear section of the rail to the rear post of the rack.
    5. Align the hooks on the rear of the rail with the appropriate holes on the rear post.
      Tip: Ensure that the rail is level.
    6. Mount the rear of the rail onto the rack, and secure the rail with screws.
    7. Perform all the above steps for the other side of the rack.
  2. If you are installing rails for an H610C compute node, perform the following steps:.
    1. Install the rails as follows:Shows how to install the rails in the rack before you install the H610C node.
    2. Install the node in the rack as follows:Shows how to extend the rail fully and insert the H610C node.
  3. If you are installing rails for an H610S storage node or an H615C compute node, perform the following steps:
    1. Install the rails as follows:Shows how to install the rails in the rack before you install the H610S storage node or the H615C compute node.
    2. Install the node in the rack as follows:Shows how to extend the rail fully and insert the H610S or H615C node.