Adding equipment to racks
Select Planning > Data Center in the Application bar.
To view a room in Rack Layout, toggle the Show/Hide Rack Layout icon and click a rack in the Floor Layout.
Drag the component icon into the position in the rack layout that matches its position in the data center.
To add new equipment, drag it from the Genomes pane.
To add existing equipment from another position in the data center infrastructure, drag it from the Navigation pane.
To add new equipment using asset provisioning in IT Advisor: Capacity:
- Select Planning > Asset Provisioning in the Application bar.
- Select the Provisioning Map overlay (tab at the bottom of the floor layout pane) to activate the color-coded view.
- Select the component in the Genomes pane.
- Review the Asset info section of the Installation Requirements pane, for example making sure that the Redundancy setting is correct.
- Add or review tags as required in Assign tags section of the Installation Requirements pane to categorize the equipment.
- In the Add Asset section of the Installation Requirements pane, type how many copies of the component to add and select where to add it: Selected racks, Each rack in the server room, Best rack (IT Advisor: Capacity functionality).
- Click Add.
When you drag equipment into a selected rack, green highlights where it can be placed; red highlights where it cannot be placed.
Repeat to add all rack-mountable equipment to the rack layout.
Tip: You can move or delete multiple items at the same time by using Ctrl-click or Shift-click.
Right-click the component icon and select Properties to define a custom name, for example, or to use other menu options.
Adding equipment to shelves in racks
All rack-mountable equipment can be shelf-mounted (Sh). Some servers have Shelf as default mounting position. Otherwise, in the Genomes pane or in the rack layout, select Properties > Mounting > Shelf in the right-click menu of the equipment you want to place on the shelf.
- Find the shelf in Genome Library > Other Rack Equipment and add it to local genomes.
- Drag a shelf from the Genomes pane into the rack layout. The shelf will not occupy a U position.
- Add equipment to the shelf by dragging it from the Genomes pane or the Navigation pane to the rack layout.
If there is no equipment on the shelf, place the equipment in the rack, right-click the equipment and select Mounting > Shelf and the equipment will snap to the shelf. Once equipment is on the shelf, you can drag other equipment directly to the shelf.
Properties of the shelf
You can place equipment in the front and rear on the shelf. The depth of the shelf will determine how much equipment can be placed there.
In Properties > Physical you can configure weight and depth of the shelf. The weight of the shelf will be included in the total weight of the rack.
Reverse rack U position number ordering
The rack U position numbering can be configured to be start from the top instead of the bottom of the rack. On a rack, select Properties > Physical. In the property page, there is a check box option to change Ordering from bottom to top. Uncheck the check box to make the U position count start from the top of the rack. This setting can be bulk updated using the equipment browser.
The rack can also start counting U positions from zero instead of one. Use the check box option Start from zero index.
Rack external U positions
Each rack can be also equipped with additional external U positions. External U positions can be added above the rack or below.
Each rack can be equipped with two external enclosures. One is located above the rack; you can choose whether it is mounted directly to the rack or it is mounted to the ceiling. When you configure an extension below the rack, it is assumed it is mounted to the floor. The weight of the additional equipment is only added to the rack from an overhead rack mounted extension.
An overhead extension consists of four U positions and mounted to rack. The same size is set for the under-rack extension.
External U positions can be also configured in Rack Genomes.
External U positions can hold any rack mounted equipment that can be placed in a horizontal U.
To enable external positions, right click a rack and go to Properties > Physical > External u-positions.
When you configure external u-positions, you must define the distance. In each case, there is a different reference point:
There are some limitations to external U position configurations:
- Maximum of ten segments can be defined above or below a rack.
- It is not possible to edit an external configuration with items mounted on it.
- External u-positions are hidden in the rack rear view.
- You can select rack or ceiling overhead mounting but not both.
- 3D view does not show external positions.
- Web client is missing support for external extensions.
Rack vertical U positions
Each rack can be equipped with additional vertical U positions. Vertical U positions are grouped in multiple segments located within the single vertical extension panel.
Each rack can be equipped with two vertical extension panels at most. One is located on the left side of the rack and the other on the right. Left and right vertical extension can have different amount of U positions grouped in segments so as to allow on having asymmetric configurations.
Image shows rack with two vertical extensions. Left extension consists of three segments with three u positions in each. Right one consists of four segments with one u position in each.
Vertical U positions can be also configured in Rack Genomes.
To enable vertical extension right click on desired rack and go to Properties > Physical > Vertical u-positions.
There are some limitations to vertical U positions configurations:
- Maximum four segments can be defined.
- Maximum four U positions in segment can be defined.
- It is not possible to edit vertical extension configuration for vertical extension with items mounted on it.
Vertical U positions can hold every rack mounted equipment that can be placed in horizontal U position, except:
- Blade enclosures,
- Switch enclosures,