Xserve - Choosing a Suitable Location

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Choosing a Suitable Location

The Xserve is designed for rack mounting. Review the following paragraphs to be
sure the location you choose satisfies the Xserve space, electrical, and environmental

Rack Compatibility

You can install the Xserve in any open or closed (cabinet-style) 19-inch-wide four-post
rack from 24 to 36 inches deep using the rails included with the Xserve. The Xserve
occupies 1.75 inches (1U) of vertical rack space.


Your rack should satisfy the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/

Electronic Industries Association (EIA) standard ANSI/EIA-310-D-92, International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 297, and Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN) 41494.

Rack Stability

Make sure the rack is stable and strong enough to support installed equipment.
When working with equipment in the rack, never slide out more than one unit at a
time, and keep all other equipment secured in the rack.


Don’t put a display or other device on top of the Xserve. The extra weight

can damage components inside the Xserve, strain the rack rails, and make the rack
unstable. Devices not secured in the rack can fall on you.

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Chapter 1

Installing the Xserve

Space Requirements

Air to cool the Xserve flows from front to back. Make sure nothing blocks the openings
in the front and back panels of the Xserve. When installed, the Xserve slides in and out
of the rack from the front. Make sure you have at least 36 inches (1 meter) clear in front
of the Xserve so you can remove it.

Do not block
the air flowing
through the Xserve.

Electrical Power Requirements

Be sure that the available circuitry and power connections can support the combined
power needs of the Xserve and all other equipment in the rack. For information about
the electrical power requirements of the Xserve, see Appendix A, “Specifications,” on
page 45. Make sure that the power connections for the Xserve and all other equipment
are grounded according to local and national standards.

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Chapter 1