back to article Cisco tells UCS owners they may have a screw loose – in the server chassis

Cisco has warned owners of its UCS servers that they may have a screw loose. In the UCS X9508 chassis that houses their servers, that is. A field notice issued by the company advises: "The Power Entry Module (PEM) for a small number of UCS 9508 units might not be secured in the chassis and could be pulled out when power cord …

  1. Furious Reg reader John

    Or you could just push the other power cables in to hold the PEM in place as you pull the cable you want to remove out.

    1. xyz123 Bronze badge

      Unless its the last cable and you already removed the other two.

      Either way it shows if CISCO can make a sloppy job of screw-tightening, what have they messed up with firmware/PCBs etc.

      1. Furious Reg reader John

        Once you are down to the last cable, there will be plenty of space where the other cables were to hold the PEM in.

        I think you'll be searching forever to find a long-established manufacturer that has never had some sort of build issue at some point in their history.

    2. Mick the Mad Router

      Problem is - if you don't know the PEM is loose you only find out the hard way. And by then it's too late because all the servers have shut down because the power policy has been breached.

      Of course - that assumes you don't have all six PSUs powered up - in which case you'll be Ok running on the remaining 3 (each PEM holds the connected for 3 PSUs).

  2. Anonymous South African Coward

    Wonder who was the lucky bugger who had fun and joy at powering off his Cisco gear by accident...

    1. The commentard formerly known as Mister_C

      Looking forward to a "who me" from the unfortunate who pulled the cable.

      And an "on call" from the techie who spotted the sliding power supply.

      1. Mick the Mad Router

        Yeah - that would be me. To the best of my knowledge it was the first X-series install in Australia.

        Fortunately the servers weren't in production - so it didn't matter that I lost two of the four PSUs I had connected - thus breaching the chassis power limits - when the PEM came out. A bit of a shock nonetheless - fortunately not literally since when the PEM comes out with a live power cable still connected to it it exposes mains voltage conductors.

        There are in fact two screws that secure each PEM. One is accessible inside the chassis (after you remove the IFMs and the bottom fabric blanking plates) - but the other is accessible only from outside the chassis - which may mean having to unrack the entire chassis to tighten it. One being tight holds the PEM in just fine though.

        In all fairness - the installation guide actually tells you about these screws if you're assembling the whole thing from parts - but you don't expect to have to do it when the chassis comes integrated from the factory. And whoever heard of RTFM anyway?

        There are a few other interesting gotchas with early ship UCS-X as well. There's a specific way you need to upgrade the Fabric Interconnects BEFORE you connect the X-series chassis - otherwise Intersight will complain that you can't upgrade the firmware.

        Still - new product always means new teething problems when you get it into the hands of the great unwashed.

  3. Torquemada_131

    I have a solution!

    Here's a great new idea,....

    "Plastic" screwdrivers and hex tools.....

    Wait, What?

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