Hardware : Observer Platform appliance installation (GS models) : GS-2P40-288T
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GS-2P40-288T technical specifications
Parts list
GS-2P40-288T installation
GS-2P40-288T technical specifications
The technical specifications for this product are shown below.
Figure 90: GS-2P40-288T Front
Figure 91: GS-2P40-288T Rear
40 Gb data center
Base storage
288 TB
Max storage
1.2 PB
Lights Out Management (LOM)
Redundant OS drive
OS drive hot swappable
OS drive size
1 TB
RAID drive hot swappable
RAID version
Rail kit (Model 22113260)
Operating system
Windows 2012 R2
15U (3 x 5U)
19 in
26 in
Weight (mounted) 1
316 lbs
Weight (handling)
80 lbs
Monitoring interfaces
40 Gb
Accepted transceivers 2
Aggregate performance
40 Gbps
Redundant power supply
Input frequency
Input voltage
100V-240V Auto Select
Operational current (amps)
4395 BTU/hr
Operational voltage
Power dissipation (watts)
Relative humidity (non-condensing)
Temperature (operating)
50°F - 95°F / 10°C - 35°C
Temperature (storage)
-4°F - 149°F / -20°C - 65°C

1 If applicable, mounted weight includes any rail kits.

2 SFP may be any of Copper 10/100/1000, 1Gb SX/LX. SFP+ may be any of 10Gb SR/LR. QSPF+ may be any 40Gb SR/LR/BiDi/Universal.

Parts list
Each appliance comes packed in a box or several boxes. The boxes contain the various components necessary for a successful installation.
The boxes are not numbered as listed here. The numbers merely represent how many boxes you should expect and what is contained in each one.
Box 1
1 Head unit
2 Power supply cables
2 keys for lock
1 USB drive containing restore image
1 Product Activation Information envelope containing the product license
1 Quick Start Guide
SFP transceivers (if ordered)
Box 2
24 RAID drives labeled A1-1-A1-24.
TAP media kit(s) (if ordered)
For each JBOD (2), a box that contains:
1 JBOD Unit
1 Rail Kit
2 Power supply cables
Mini-SAS cable(s)
A box that contains the RAID drives for each JBOD (2) :
24 RAID drives labeled B1-1-B1-24.
24 RAID drives labeled C1-1-C1-24.
Before installing, ensure you received all of the parts required for your system.
GS-2P40-288T installation
Getting your appliance installed is the first step to greater visibility of your network. This topic covers installing your appliance in the cabinet and connecting it to your network.
Caution: Do not attempt in-cabinet repairs of your appliance. The appliance is very heavy! Always use a server lift or work with a partner to install or remove the appliance from the cabinet to perform any maintenance.
1. Take the appliance and all other components out of the packing materials.
2. Attach the official rail kits to your server rack or cabinet.
3. Install the empty head unit (A1) into your server rack or cabinet.
4. Install the empty JBOD unit(s) into your cabinet. Use a server lift if necessary. Do not remove the RAID drives from the chassis. Do not connect the power cables yet!
Close inspection of the RAID ports on the JBOD unit(s) show two ports labeled OUT and one port labeled IN. All ports are bi-directional. Our recommendation is to use the left two ports as IN and the rightmost port as OUT.
Figure 92: GS-2P40-288T Rear
7. Install the RAID drives into your appliance.
The RAID is pre-built at the factory for you and each drive must be installed in a very specific location.
8. Connect all power cables for each JBOD unit. Do not turn on yet!
9. Using an Ethernet cable, connect the 10/100/1000 port to the network.
Connecting the 10/100/1000 port allows you to use Windows Remote Desktop or other tools to control or configure Windows or Windows applications, such as Observer.
10. (Optional) Connect an Ethernet cable from your router or switch to the LOM or IPMI port.
(Optional) A Lights Out Management or IPMI port provides you a dedicated management channel for device maintenance. It allows you to monitor, start, stop, and manage your appliance remotely regardless of whether the appliance is powered on.
11. Install SFP transceivers1 into the open slots on the back of the capture card(s).
12. If you are connecting to SPAN/mirror ports of a network switch: connect a straight-through Ethernet cable from the SPAN/mirror ports on your switch to the SFP transceivers on the capture card.
13. If you are connecting to a network TAP (sold separately):
Figure 93: Connecting the TAP to the network device, switch, and analyzer
a. Connect the TX port from your server, firewall, router, or switch to the Link A port on the TAP.
b. Connect the TX port from your other switch to the Link B port on the TAP.
c. Use two analyzer cables to connect the analyzer port on the TAP to the SFP transceivers in the capture card.
d. If you have more than one TAP to connect, repeat the process for each TAP.
14. Connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the hardware appliance.
You can use a KVM switch if desired. (The KVM must be compatible with the operating system used on the appliance.) The user input devices or KVM switch are only temporarily needed to set the IP address, so you can disconnect them after the IP address is set.
15. Turn on all JBOD unit(s).
See Startup and shutdown (GS models).
Caution: The drive does not properly initialize if the JBOD unit(s) are not started first. If this happens, restart the head unit.
16. Turn on the head unit (A1) and wait for the RAID to initialize.
17. In Windows, change the IP address for the 10/100/1000 port (shown as OnBoard LAN 2 in Network Connections in Windows) using information supplied to you by your network administrator.
The default IP address ( is printed on a sticker attached to the top of the appliance.
18. Ensure the time zone settings match your environment.
19. (Optional) Change the LOM port in the BIOS using a static IP address provided by your network administrator.
20. Double-click the Observer icon on the Desktop to start Observer.
Next, give the 10/100/1000 IP address and LOM port address, if using, to the Observer administrator. They need the addresses to add this GigaStor probe to Observer to capture network traffic with a probe instance.
Your hardware appliance is installed and on your network.
Next, give the ETH0 IP address and IPMI port address, if using, to the Observer administrator. They need the addresses to add this GigaStor probe to Observer to capture network traffic with a probe instance.

1 SFP, SFP+, QSFP+, and QSFP28 transceivers are sold separately.