A Site Checklists

Complete the checklists in this appendix to ensure the site is prepared for Oracle Exadata Database Machine or Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine.


For ease of reading, the name "Oracle Exadata Rack" is used when information refers to both Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack.

A.1 System Components Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the system component considerations have been addressed.

The cells in the second column of the following table are intentionally left blank so that the site survey team can fill in the requested information.

Table A-1 System Components Checklist

System Components Checklist Items Customer Response or Comment

What type of Oracle Engineered System is being installed?

How many racks will be installed?

Is the rack installation an addition to an existing system? If yes, refer to the Oracle Engineered Systems Extending and Multi-Rack Cabling Guide for cabling information.

Note: Not applicable for Exadata Cloud Machine.

If an Oracle Exadata Rack X2 to X8 will be connected to other Oracle racks using the InfiniBand network, then have the spine switch and cables been ordered?

If connecting multiple racks together, has the multi-rack cabling service been purchased and the correct networking components been ordered?


Every Oracle Exadata Rack X8M requires a spine switch when connecting multiple racks.

If connecting multiple racks together, do ALL the racks use the same type of RDMA Network Fabric (InfiniBand or RoCE)?

Are all racks adjacent to each other?

Have you ordered cables long enough to connect the racks together?

Have you ordered and scheduled the custom multi-rack cabling service with the installation?

Will the Ethernet switch be replaced? If yes, has the customer arranged for the replacement switch installation?

Will additional equipment be attached to or installed in the rack? If so, ensure that the additional equipment falls within Oracle guidelines and sufficient power and cooling exist for it.

See Also:

Oracle Exadata Rack Restrictions in Oracle Exadata Database Machine System Overview for more details on allowed hardware modifications

A.2 Data Center Room Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the data center room requirements have been addressed.

Data Center Room Checklist Items Yes No N/A Comment

Has the rack location been allocated and is vacant?

Does the floor layout meet the equipment maintenance access requirements?

Will the rack be positioned so that the exhaust air of one rack does not enter the air inlet of another rack?

Have cabinet stabilization measures been considered?

If the data center has a raised floor:

  • Does the raised floor satisfy the weight requirements for the new hardware?

  • Is permission required to remove floor tiles for cabling and servicing below the floor?

Will the new hardware location require any non-standard cable lengths?

Is the floor to ceiling height a minimum of 2914 mm (114.72 inches)?

Is the depth of the raised floor a minimum of 46 cm (18 inches)?

A.3 Data Center Environment Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the data center environment requirements have been addressed.

Data Center Environment Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Does the computer room air conditioning meet temperature and humidity requirements?

Does the installation floor layout satisfy the ventilation requirements?

If the room cooling is from a raised floor, then:
  • Are the perforated floor tiles each rated at 400 CFM or greater?

  • Can additional perforated floor tiles be obtained if required for additional cooling?

Does the data center air conditioning provide sufficient front-to-back airflow?

Is airflow adequate to prevent hot spots?

Can the data center continuously satisfy the environmental requirements?

A.4 Access Route Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the access route requirements are addressed.

Access Route Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Has the access route been checked for clearances of the rack, in particular, the minimum width and height requirements for all doors on the route?

Dimensions of the packaged rack:

  • Height: 2159 mm (85 inches)

  • Width: 1219 mm (48 inches)

  • Depth: 1575 mm (62 inches)

Dimensions of the unpackaged rack:

  • Height: 1998 mm (78.66 inches)

  • Width: 600 mm with side panels (23.62 inches)

  • Depth 1200 mm (47.24 inches)

Are there any stairs, ramps, or thresholds that are of concern? If yes, then provide details.

Are all access route incline angles within the permitted range (6 degrees)?

Is the access route free of any obstacles that would expose the equipment to shock?

Are all the surfaces acceptable for rolling the new unpacked and packed equipment?

If a pallet jack is to be used:

  • Can the pallet jack support the weight of the rack?

  • Are the pallet jack tines compatible with the shipping pallet?

If there are stairs, is a loading elevator available for the equipment?

If an elevator is to be used:

  • Is the elevator car wide enough for the device to be carried into it?

  • Is the elevator car high enough for the device to be carried into it?

  • Does the elevator door meet the height requirement?

  • Can the elevator car handle the weight of a fully-loaded rack?

Can the access route support the weight of the unpacked rack?

Is the access route onto the raised floor rated for dynamic loading of the rack?

A.5 Facility Power Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the facility power requirements have been addressed.

Facility Power Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Have the operating voltage and electric current requirements listed in "Electrical Power Requirements" been reviewed?

Will single-phase (low-voltage or high-voltage) or 3-phase (low-voltage or high-voltage) power be used?

Are enough power outlets provided within 2 meters for each rack?

Do the power outlets have appropriate socket receptacles for the PDU option ordered? Options are low voltage or high voltage, single-phase or 3-phase.

Will optional ground cables be attached to the rack?

Are the circuit breakers for the equipment suitable in terms of voltage and current-carrying capacities?

Does the power frequency meet the equipment specifications?

Are power outlets available for the new equipment at the designated location?

Will system power be delivered from two separate grids?

Is there a UPS to power the equipment?

Are the minimum required power sources available to support the power load for the new hardware? Use kilowatt (kW) /kilovolt (kVA) to express power load.

A.6 Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the safety requirements have been addressed.

Safety Checklist Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Is there an emergency power shut off?

Is there a fire protection system in the data center room?

Is the computer room adequately equipped to extinguish a fire?

Is antistatic flooring installed?

Is the area below the raised floor free of obstacles and blockages?

See Also:

"Powering On and Off Oracle Exadata Rack" in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Maintenance Guide

A.7 Logistics Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the logistics requirements have been addressed.

Logistics Checklist Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Is contact information for the data center personnel available?

Is there security or access control for the data center?

Are there any security background checks or security clearances required for Oracle personnel to access the data center? If yes, then provide the process for Oracle to follow.

How many days in advance must background checks be completed?

Are there any additional security access issues?

Is computer room access available for installation personnel?

Are laptops allowed in the data center?

Are cell phones allowed in the data center?

Are cameras allowed in the data center?

Does the building have a delivery dock?

Is there a delivery/unpacking/staging area?

Is inside delivery planned (direct to the final rack location in the data center room)?

If the delivery is not inside, then is the site prepared for uncrating?

Is the delivery/unpacking/staging area protected from the elements?

Does the building have adequate receiving space?

Is the unpacking area air-conditioned to avoid thermal shock for various hardware components?

Will sufficient moving personnel be available to transport the rack?

(If applicable to your country) Is union labor required for any part of the delivery or installation?

Is the site prepared for uncrating and packaging removal? Package removal should take place outside the data center room.

Is uncrating of cabinet and cabinet packaging removal required?

Are there any restrictions on delivery truck length, width or height?

Is there storage space (cabinet) for the ride along spares? If not, does the customer allow cardboard boxes and other packing material in the computer room, since the spares are packed in cardboard boxes?

Is there a time constraint on dock access? If yes, please provide time constraints.

Is a tail or side lift required on the delivery carrier to unload the equipment at the delivery dock?

Will any special equipment be required to place the rack in the data center room? Examples:

  • Stair walkers

  • Lifters

  • Ramps

  • Steel plates

  • Floor covers

Does the delivery carrier require any special equipment, such as non-floor damaging rollers, transport dollies, pallet jacks or fork lifts?

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A.8 Network Configuration Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that the network configuration requirements have been addressed.

Network Configuration Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Were any conflicts found while running the checkip.sh script before connecting the network? See "Default IP Addresses" for information on the script.

Will the required network cables be laid from the network equipment to the location where the Oracle Exadata Rack will be installed?

Will the network cables that will connect to the Oracle Exadata Rack be labeled?

Will the 10 GbE or 25 GbE interfaces be used for the client access network?

Have the optional 10 GbE or 25 GbE SFP+ transceivers and appropriate fiber cables been ordered?

Will the Cisco Ethernet switch have IP routing disabled (recommended)?

A.9 Auto Service Request Checklist

Use this checklist if you are planning to use Auto Service Request with the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Auto Service Request Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Does the customer have a My Oracle Support account to register Auto Service Request?

Is the Oracle Support Customer Support Identifier (CSI) number available?

Are the host name and IP address for the server where ASR Manager will be installed available?

Will the system need a proxy server? If so, what is the host name and IP address for the proxy server?

Is the Customer Technical Contact information for Auto Service Request available? This information should include the first name, last name, and e-mail address of the contact.

See Also:

"Understanding Auto Service Request" in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Maintenance Guide

A.10 Reracking Checklists

Reracking of Oracle Exadata Database Machine Half Rack or Oracle Exadata Database Machine Quarter Rack is allowed when the customer site requires a specialized infrastructure.

Use these checklists prior to reracking Oracle Exadata Database Machine configurations approved for rerack by Oracle Exadata Configuration Assistant (OECA).


  • Customer must purchase both the Oracle Reracking Service and Oracle Installation Service.
  • Oracle does not provide support for customer-supplied equipment.
Reracking Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Has the customer purchased the Oracle Reracking Service?

Is there a cart capable of carrying the weight of the servers to move the components and associated cabling from the supplied rack to the customer supplied rack?

Is the target rack empty?

Please attach pictures of the target rack (inside and outside).

Do the target rack dimensions meet the following requirements?

  • Height: 42 RU

  • Width: 600 mm (23.62 inches)

  • Depth: 1112 mm (43.78 inches) without front and rear doors

If the rack is less than 42 RU, then the rack must be at least 30 RU tall and the customer must provide compatible PDUs to install in the target rack.

Is the distance between the front and rear mounting planes between the minimum of 610 mm and the maximum 915 mm (24 inches to 36 inches)?

Is the clearance depth in the front of the front mounting plane (distance to the front cabinet door) at least 25.4 mm (1 inch)?

Does the target rack meet the following minimum load capacity?

  • 19 kg (41.89 lb) / RU

  • 785 kg (1730.63 lb) total

Is the rack a four-post rack (mounting at both front and rear)?

Note: Two-post racks are not compatible.

Does the target rack's horizontal opening and unit vertical pitch conform to ANSI/EIA 310-D-1992 or IEC 60297 standards?

Does the target rack have RETMA rail support?

Note: Oracle Exadata Rack requires 19 inches (483 mm) for RETMA rail spacing width. The minimum rack width of 600 mm (23.63 inches) is recommended to accommodate the PDU and cable harnesses on the side. If the rack is less than 600 mm wide, then it must have additional depth to accommodate mounting behind the server CMAs.

Does the target rack support Oracle cable management arms (CMAs)?

Does the target rack support installation of Oracle vented and solid filler panels?

Can the target rack provide tie-downs along the left rear side of the rack to support the RDMA Network Fabric cables? The side is left rear side when viewed from the front of the rack.

Can the target rack provide tie-downs for the Ethernet wiring harness?

Is there sufficient space for the cable harnesses and the PDUs in the target rack?

Can a label with the Oracle Exadata Rack serial number be printed and attached to the target rack?

The following checklist is specific to the power distribution units (PDUs) when using the reracking service.

PDU Reracking Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Does the target rack support installation of standard Oracle PDUs?

If not, then complete this checklist.

Can the customer provide an equivalent pair of PDUs?

Can the customer provide two PDUs with capacity of 10 kVA per PDU?

Can the customer provide at least 17 x 10A C13 plugs per PDU?

Can the customer provide a single PDU and its circuits to support the Oracle Exadata Rack power requirements in case one PDU fails?

Can the customer ensure power loads are evenly distributed across all circuits of a single PDU?

Can the customer provide appropriate power drops for the PDUs?

A.11 Recycling the Racks

Use this checklist when recycling the rack.

Recycling Considerations Yes No N/A Comment

Does the customer want Oracle to take back and recycle the empty rack?

If yes, then the Oracle service engineer can pack the empty rack for recycling.

If Oracle is recycling the rack, then has the customer completed the appropriate application at the Oracle Hardware Take Back Program website?