How to request and revoke facility access (OTR)

    October 17, 2019

    How colocating clients request access cards for regular access and one-time visitor badges for entry into the Nexcess Dearborn facility.

    Only users assigned the Superuser role through the Client Portal can request access cards with the Colocation Access Request Form as outlined below. For more information regarding the Superuser and other roles, refer to our Knowledge Library article, How to configure user roles in your Client Portal.


    Authorized users have full, unescorted access to the data center and, by extension, the Superuser’s hardware. They may bring in new equipment as well as remove existing equipment. Superusers are responsible for the behavior of authorized users attached to that Superuser’s account.

    Superusers are likewise responsible for revoking access when necessary.

    Acquiring access cards

    Access cards grant authorized users unescorted access to the Nexcess data center in OTR (22005 W Outer Drive) in Dearborn, MI for 1 year or until the end of the colocation contract, whichever comes first.

    The procedure for colocating clients to acquire an access card is as follows:

    1. The Superuser creates a user in the Client Portal for the applicant.

    2. The Superuser completes the Colocation Access Card Request Form.

    3. The Superuser creates a ticket with the Nexcess Billing Team, attaches the completed  Colocation Access Card Request Form, and submits the ticket.
    4. Nexcess verifies the request and contacts the individual to receive the access card:
      • Nexcess contacts the individual to schedule a time to photograph that individual.
      • The individual has 14 days to complete the process before the Superuser must restart the process at Step 1.  

    Revoking access cards

    If an access card is lost, stolen, or belongs to a user that no longer needs access for any reason, the Superuser on the account must promptly create a ticket with the Nexcess Support Team, complete the Colocation Access Card Request Form, attach it to the ticket, and submit it.    

    Visitor badges

    Visitor badges give visitors temporary access to their equipment as well as the ability to sign equipment in or out. These badges can only be requested by a Superuser or DC User on the account, and the DC User role can only be created and assigned by Superusers through the Client Portal. Refer to How to configure user roles in the Client Portal for more information.

    To request a visitor badge, a Superuser or DC User on the account creates and submits a ticket to the Support Team at least 5 days in advance of first entry into the facility with the following information:

    • Visitor's full name
    • Company name
    • Facility location
    • Date of visit
    • Duration of visit
    • Estimated time of arrival

    If approved, visitors may only enter the building through the front entrance on 22005 W Outer Drive and must sign in using the Guest Sign-In System. They cannot proceed past the lobby until escorted by either a Nexcess team member or an authorized client, and they must be escorted at all times. Upon departure, visitors must sign out using the Guest Sign-In System.

    Visitors to OTR must call the DC Operations (DCOps) office at 1-248-565-4605 15 minutes before arrival. DCOps will verify their government-issued ID, then remain with the visitor until the completion of their visit.


    If a colocating client is experiencing prolonged downtime or other severe effects, the Nexcess management team may allow for deviations from the time constraints outlined in this document.

    Revision history

    2016-July-15 TWD First draft
    2018-Jan-21 TWD Changed Step 4 of "Acquiring access cards" from 10 days to 14 days

    Last Reviewed April 2019 by Aaron Pace

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