Removing the blade appliance from the BladeCenter unit

Use these instructions to remove the blade appliance from the BladeCenter® unit.

The following illustration shows how to remove a blade appliance, blade server, or blade filler from a Type 8852 BladeCenter unit. The appearance of your BladeCenter unit might be different; see the documentation for your BladeCenter unit for additional information.

Graphic illustrating the removal of a blade appliance

  • To maintain proper system cooling, do not operate the BladeCenter unit without a blade device, expansion unit, or filler module installed in each blade server bay.
  • When you remove the blade appliance, note the blade-server bay number. Reinstalling a blade appliance into a different blade server bay from the one it was removed from can have unintended consequences. Some configuration information and update options are established according to blade-server bay number; if you reinstall the blade appliance into a different bay, you might have to reconfigure the blade appliance.

To remove the blade appliance, complete the following steps:

  1. If the blade appliance is operating, turn off the blade appliance (see Turning off the blade appliance for more information).
    Attention: Wait at least 30 seconds, until the storage devices stops spinning, before you proceed to the next step.
  2. Open the two release handles as shown in the illustration. The blade appliance moves out of the blade server bay approximately 0.6 cm (0.25 inch).
  3. Pull the blade appliance out of the bay.
  4. Place either a blade filler or another blade device in the blade server bay within one minute.