4.2 Prepare to Install Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

This section describes the preparation steps to perform before installing your Oracle PCA.

4.2.1 Before You Begin

Before installing your Oracle PCA, or installing any server equipment into the rack, read the Important Safety Information for Oracle's Hardware Systems (7063567) document that is shipped with the system.

Observe all safety notices printed on the packaging and listed in the Oracle Rack Cabinet 1242 Safety and Compliance Guide (Part No: E87279) and the Oracle Rack Cabinet 1242 Power Distribution Units User's Guide (Part No: E87281). Go to https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E85660_01/index.html to download these guides.

4.2.2 Review Safety Guidelines

Before your Oracle PCA arrives, review the following safety precautions to ensure that the site is safe, as well as ready for delivery. Failure to observe these precautions can result in personal injury, equipment damage, or malfunction.

  • Do not block ventilation openings.

  • Do not install the system in a location that is exposed to direct sunlight or near a device that may become hot.

  • Do not install the system in a location that is exposed to excessive dust, corrosive gases, or air with high salt concentrations.

  • Do not install the system in a location that is exposed to frequent vibrations. Install the system on a flat, level surface.

  • Use a power outlet that uses proper grounding. When using shared grounding, the grounding resistance must not be greater than 10 ohms. Ensure that your facility administrator or a qualified electrical engineer verifies the grounding method for the building, and performs the grounding work.

  • Ensure that each grounding wire used for the system is used exclusively for the Oracle PCA. Also observe the precautions, warnings, and notes about handling that appear on labels on the equipment.

  • Do not place cables under the equipment or stretch the cables too tightly.

  • Do not disconnect power cords from the equipment while its power is on.

  • Do not place anything on top of the system or perform any work directly above it.

  • If you cannot reach the connector lock when disconnecting LAN cables, then press the connector lock with a flathead screwdriver to disconnect the cable. You could damage the system board if you force your fingers into the gap rather than using a flathead screwdriver.

  • Do not let the room temperature rise sharply, especially in winter. Sudden temperature changes can cause condensation to form inside the system. Allow for a sufficient warm-up period prior to server operation.

  • Do not install the system near a photocopy machine, air conditioner, welding machine, or any other equipment that generates loud, electronic noises.

  • Avoid static electricity at the installation location. Static electricity transferred to the system can cause malfunctions. Static electricity is often generated on carpets.

  • Confirm that the supply voltage and frequency match the electrical ratings indicated on your Oracle PCA.

  • Do not insert anything into any Oracle PCA opening, unless doing so is part of a documented procedure. The system contains high-voltage parts. If a metal object or other electrically-conductive object enters an opening in the system, then it could cause a short circuit. This could result in personal injury, fire, electric shock, and equipment damage.

4.2.3 Prepare the Installation Site

The following procedure describes how to prepare the site prior to unpacking and situating your Oracle PCA.

  1. Thoroughly clean and vacuum the area in preparation for the installation.

  2. Note problems or peculiarities at the site that require special equipment.

  3. Verify that the installation site flooring has a strength rating to withstand the combined weight of the Oracle PCA and any other installed equipment.

    For more information, see Section 2.1, “Space Requirements”.

  4. Install all necessary electrical equipment and ensure that sufficient power is provided.

    See also the Oracle Rack Cabinet 1242 Power Distribution Units User's Guide for the system Power Distribution Unit (PDU) power requirements.

  5. Ensure that the installation site provides adequate air conditioning.

    For details, see Chapter 2, Site Requirements.

  6. Operate the air conditioning system for 48 hours to bring the room temperature to the appropriate level.

4.2.4 Tools Required for Unpacking and Installation

The following tools and equipment are required for installation and service:

  • Unpacking tools (provided in rack ship kit)

    • 17mm and 13mm open-ended double-sided wrench

    • Allen L-key 6mm hex wrench, 5-3/4 inches in length

    • Allen L-key 8mm hex wrench, 6-3/8 inches in length

  • Rack setup tools and accessories (provided in rack ship kit)

    • 32 M6 cage nuts and washers

    • 32 M6 pan head screws

    • 8 M5 screws

    • 8 self-tapping Torx screws

    • 4 PDU brackets

    • 4 M5 cage nuts

    • 4 grounded power cables

    • 18mm and 16mm open-ended double-sided wrench

    • T-40 Torx screwdriver

    • T-25 Torx screwdriver

    • T-15 Torx screwdriver

    • 8mm and 6mm Allen wrench

    • Cage nut tool

    • Keys to the front door, rear door, and side panel locks

    • 17mm and 13mm open-ended double-sided wrench

  • Customer-supplied tools (not provided in rack ship kit)

    • No. 2 Phillips screwdriver

    • Diagonal cutter

    • Antistatic wrist strap

4.2.5 Unpack Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Before unpacking the rack from the shipping carton, refer to the labels on the carton and to the instructions that they provide. After unpacking the rack, follow local laws and guidelines to recycle the packaging properly.


Carefully unpack the rack from the packaging and shipping pallet. Rocking or tilting the rack can cause it to fall over and cause serious injury or death. You should always use professional movers when unpacking and installing this rack.


After unpacking the rack from the packaging, save the shipping brackets used to secure the rack to the shipping pallet. You can use these shipping brackets to secure the rack permanently to the installation site floor. Do not dispose of these brackets, because you cannot order replacement brackets.


Shipping brackets are not for use for bracing or anchoring the rack during seismic events.