Installing a blade server

To install a blade server in the front of the BladeCenter S chassis, opening the release handles on the blade server, slide it into a blade server bay, and close the release handles.

Before installing a blade server into BladeCenter S chassis, read the instructions that come with that blade server. In addition, make sure that you have installed any optional hardware devices, such as a SAS expansion card option, in the blade server.

For more information about blade servers, see the blade server documentation.

To determine which blade servers are compatible with the BladeCenter S chassis, see the IBM ServerProven Web site.

Illustration showing the installation of a blade server into a BladeCenter S chassis

  1. Select the bay for the blade server. Depending on the blade server type and the optional devices that are installed in the blade server, two or more adjacent bays might be required.
    Important: If SAS connectivity modules are installed in the BladeCenter S chassis, the blade server bay that you use when installing a blade server is determined by the SAS connectivity module zoning configuration that you have selected for the BladeCenter S system. See Planning for SAS connectivity module zoning for more information about zoning configuration.
  2. Open both release handles (rotate the top handle up and the bottom handle down).
  3. Slide the blade server into the blade server bay until it stops.
  4. Close both release handles (rotate the top handle down and the bottom handle up).
  5. (Optional) Write identifying information on one of the labels that come with theBladeCenter S chassis; then, place the label on the BladeCenter S chassis top bezel, just above the blade server.
    Important: Do not place the label on the blade server or in any way block the ventilation holes on the bezel.