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Unpacking and installing the Cloud Failover Appliance

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Unpack the Cloud Failover Appliance (CFA) and its components onto a level surface.

If you have a desktop CFA model, install it where needed, and then start with connecting network cables. Otherwise, mount the CFA in the rack system.

Rack-mounting considerations

Handle the rack-mounting rails with care to prevent internal rails slipping from the outer rails.

Only a trained and qualified technician should install the CFA into a rack using the rack-mounting components.

Instructions for mounting the CFA in your rack system are beyond the scope of this guide as your rack system may require special tools. Please refer to the instructions included with your rack system. The CFA itself does not require extra tools for mounting.

Connecting network cables

When connecting the CFA to your network, make sure to place it behind the firewall to prevent unauthorized external access.

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to the RJ45 (eth0) port on your CFA.

  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to a fast network port with access to all systems you want to protect using the CFA.

See examples of the port layouts below. Positions of the ports may differ depending on the model of your CFA.

Example ports on the rack-mounted model Example ports on the rack-mounted model

Example ports on the desktop 960 model Example ports on the desktop 960 model

The IPMI port on the rack-mounted models should only be used for console access. It looks similar to the RJ45 port, but serves an entirely different purpose. See details on setting up and configuring IPMI.

Connecting power supply

Connect the CFA to a power supply using the power cord included in the package.

If your CFA has redundant power supplies, make sure to connect each power supply before turning the CFA on.