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Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Module Shutdown and Removal Procedure

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cisco-nexus-7000-module-shutdown-replacement-removal-1aThis article explains the procedure that should be followed to correctly shutdown/powerdown a Cisco Nexus 7000 series module and remove it from the chassis. We also include important tips that will help ensure you avoid common problems and mistakes during the removal procedure.

The Nexus 7010 is one of the larger data center switches in the Nexus portfolio found in most enterprise-class data centers. Even though the Nexus 7000 series switches have been in the market since 2008 there are still a lot of data centers powering their core infrastructure using the well-known Cisco Catalyst series.

The Nexus 7000 series switches are designed for continuous operation, which means all parts are hot-swappable thereby eliminating downtime for upgrades or parts replacement.

The process covered in this installation guide can be used with all Nexus 7000 series modules including:

  • 48-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet module (N7K-M148GT-11)
  • 48-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet module with XL option (N7K-M148GT-11L)
  • 48-port 1-Gigabit Ethernet I/O module (N7K-M148GS-11)
  • 48-port 1-Gigabit Ethernet I/O module with XL option (N7K-M148GS-11L)
  • 48-port 1-/10-Gigabit Ethernet I/O modules with XL (N7K-F248XP-25 and N7K-F248XP-25E)
  • 32-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet I/O module (N7K-M132XP-12)
  • 32-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet I/O module with XL option (N7K-M132XP-12L)
  • 32-port 1- and 10-Gigabit Ethernet I/O module (N7K-F132XP-15)
  • 8-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet I/O module with XL option (N7K-M108X2-12L)

Step 1. Nexus 7000 Module Shutdown - Poweroff

The Nexus 7000 series modules are hot swappable and support automatic shutdown when ejected, however, it is always advisable to poweroff the module before removing it. If the module is to be removed or swapped with a different module type it is advisable to also ensure all configuration associated with the old module’s ports is cleared and ports are shutdown before the module is removed.

Locate the slot number of the module to be uninstalled and remove all attached cables. It is very important no cables are attached to the module and there is enough space on both sides of the module. In our example we’ll be removing the module located in slot No.9:

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cisco-nexus-7000-module-shutdown-replacement-removal-1Figure 1. Nexus 7010 with module No.9 to be removed.

Issuing the show module 9 command will reveal the module’s model, status, capabilities, serial number and diagnostic status:

FCX_NEXUS_7010# show module 9
Mod Ports Module-Type                         Model             Status
--- ----- ----------------------------------- ------------------ ----------
9   48     10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet XL Module N7K-M148GT-11L     ok
Mod Sw             Hw
--- -------------- ------
9   6.0(2)         1.0    
Mod MAC-Address(es)                         Serial-Num
--- -------------------------------------- ----------
9   e8-b7-48-d4-75-00 to e8-b7-48-d4-75-34 JAF1327BFHA
Mod Online Diag Status
--- ------------------
9   Pass
 
Chassis Ejector Support: Enabled
Ejector Status:
Top ejector CLOSE, Bottom ejector CLOSE, Module HW does support ejector based shutdown.

The output of the show module is also reflected on the module’s status LED. A green Status LED, as shown in the photo on the left, tells us that the module is currently online (powered on) and operating.

The orange interface LEDs confirm that the interfaces are in a shutdown state.

The specific card we are about to remove is a 48-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet card (N7K-M148GT-11L):

Nexus 7000 Module Status and Interface LEDsFigure 2. Nexus 7000 Module Status and Interface LEDs

Now proceed to power off the module using the poweroff module 9 command:

FCX_NEXUS_7010# configure terminal
FCX_NEXUS_7010 (config)# poweroff module 9
 

Once the poweroff command has been executed the Nexus will begin powering off the module and removing all associated interfaces from the configuration:

2016 Oct 15 11:42:50 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %PLATFORM-2-PFM_MODULE_POWER_OFF: Manual power-off of Module 9 from Command Line Interface
2016 Oct 15 11:42:51 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %ETHPORT-5-IF_DOWN_INTERFACE_REMOVED: Interface Ethernet9/1 is down (Interface removed)
2016 Oct 15 11:42:51 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %ETHPORT-5-IF_DOWN_INTERFACE_REMOVED: Interface Ethernet9/2 is down (Interface removed)
 
….. output omitted
 
2016 Oct 15 11:42:51 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %ETHPORT-5-IF_DOWN_INTERFACE_REMOVED: Interface Ethernet9/48 is down (Interface removed)
2016 Oct 15 11:42:51 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %PLATFORM-2-MOD_PWRDN: Module 9 powered down (Serial number JAF1327BFHA)
2016 Oct 15 11:42:51 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %PLATFORM-5-MOD_STATUS: Module 9 current-status is MOD_STATUS_CONFIGPOWERED_DOWN
2016 Oct 15 11:42:51 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %PLATFORM-5-MOD_STATUS: Module 9 current-status is MOD_STATUS_POWERED_DOWN

Notice the final message confirms that module 9 is now powered down.

When looking at the module notice the change in its LEDs. The Status LED will be now flashing red, while all interface LEDs are off:

Nexus 7000 module powered down. Status LED flashing red

Figure 3. Nexus 7000 module powered down. Status LED flashing red

Using the show module 9 command we can verify the module’s powered-down status:

FCX_NEXUS_7010(config)# show module 9
Mod Ports Module-Type                         Model             Status
--- ----- ----------------------------------- ------------------ ----------
9   48     10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet XL Module N7K-M148GT-11L     powered-dn
Mod Power-Status Reason
--- ------------ ---------------------------
9   powered-dn     Configured Power down
Mod Sw             Hw
--- -------------- ------
Mod MAC-Address(es)                         Serial-Num
--- -------------------------------------- ----------
9   00-00-00-00-00-00 to 00-00-00-00-00-00 JAF1327BFHA
Mod Online Diag Status
--- ------------------
Chassis Ejector Support: Enabled
Ejector Status:
Top ejector CLOSE, Bottom ejector CLOSE, Module HW does support ejector based shutdown.

 

Step 2. Removing a Nexus 7000 Module

With the module powered down and the Status LED flashing red we are now able to remove the module from its slot.

Note: Ensure you’re using an antistatic wrist band that has been appropriately grounded.

It’s now time to leave the keyboard, grab a screw driver and get our hands dirty:)

First unscrew the two captive screws located at each end of the module as shown below. A Philips or straight head screw driver will be adequate for the job:

cisco-nexus-7000-module-shutdown-replacement-removal-4 Figure 4. Unscrewing Nexus 7000 module captive screws

Next, using your fingers from both hands press simultaneously the ejector buttons located at each end of the module, right next to the captive screws, as shown below:

Pressing the ejector buttons on a Nexus 7000 module Figure 5. Pressing the ejector buttons on a Nexus 7000 module

When pressing the ejector buttons (No.1 below), two things will occur:

  • The ejector levers will swing into the OPEN position (No.2 below)
  • The Nexus 7000 switch will generate a message notifying that the ejectors are in the OPEN position

 Nexus 7000 Module ejector lever in OPEN position after pressing the ejector buttonFigure 6. Nexus 7000 Module ejector lever in OPEN position after pressing the ejector button

Following is the message generated by the Nexus 7000 operating system after pressing the ejector buttons:

2016 Oct 15 11:48:39 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %PLATFORM-3-EJECTOR_STAT_CHANGED: Ejectors' status in slot 9 has changed, Top Ejector is OPEN, Bottom Ejector is OPEN

Now simultaneously swing open both ejector levers to unseat the module (No. 3 in the photo below) and with a hand on each ejector, pull the module part way out of its slot in the chassis (No.4 in the photo below):

Nexus 7000 module – Swinging the ejector levers and pulling the module out Figure 7. Nexus 7000 module – Swinging the ejector levers and pulling the module out

As soon as the module disconnects from the Nexus backplane the system will produce a notification message:

2016 Oct 15 11:50:07 FCX_NEXUS_7010 %PLATFORM-2-MOD_REMOVE: Module 9 removed (Serial number JAF1327BFHA)

When the module is almost out grasp the front edge with one hand and place your other hand under the module to support its weight without touching the module’s circuitry:

Proper handling during the removal of the Nexus 7000 moduleFigure 8. Proper handling during the removal of the Nexus 7000 module

Once the module has been removed from the slot place it inside an antistatic bag.

If using a disposable anti-static wrist strap take extra caution as the fans inside the Nexus 7000 series chassis create a very strong airflow capable of pulling in lightweight items as shown in the photo below.

The Nexus 7000 airflow is strong enough to pull light items inside the empty slotFigure 9. The Nexus 7000 airflow is strong enough to pull light items inside the empty slot

Cisco advises not to leave the slot open for a long as it can disrupt the system airflow causing the system to overheat and shut down. This, however, should not be a problem in a properly cooled data center.

Conclusion

Removing a module from a Nexus switch is a very delicate process. Special care must be taken to ensure the slot’s configuration is cleared, the module is powered down and safely removed using an anti-static wrist strap. Next article will cover the installation of a module in the Nexus 7010 data center switch.

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Tags: Nexus hardware modules NX-OS Removal powerdown Nexus 7010 Nexus 7000 series N7K-M148GT-11 N7K-M148GS-11 N7K-M148GS-11L N7K-F248XP-25 N7K-M132XP-12 N7K-M132XP-12L N7K-F132XP-15 N7K-M108X2-12L MOD_STATUS_POWERED_DOWN Replace

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