Installing a high-speed expansion card

Use this information to install a high-speed expansion card in the blade server.

To install a high-speed expansion card, complete the following steps.
  1. The following illustration shows how to install a high-speed expansion card, such as an InfiniBand expansion card, in the system board.
  2. The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.
Graphic illustrating installing a high-speed expansion card
  1. Before you begin, read Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. If the blade server is installed in a BladeCenter® unit, remove it (see Removing the blade server from the BladeCenter unit for instructions).
  3. Carefully lay the blade server on a flat, static-protective surface.
  4. Remove the blade server cover (see Removing the blade server cover for instructions).
  5. Locate the blade server expansion connector and remove the blade server expansion connector cover and set it aside.
  6. Touch the static-protective package that contains the expansion card to any unpainted metal surface on the BladeCenter unit or any unpainted metal surface on any other grounded rack component; then, remove the expansion card from the package.
  7. Orient the expansion card and slide the slots at the back end of the card onto the pins on the expansion-card standoff; then, gently pivot the card into the blade server expansion connector.
  8. Firmly press on the indicated locations to seat the expansion card.
    Note: For device-driver and configuration information to complete the installation of the expansion card, see the documentation that comes with the expansion card.
  9. Install the blade server cover (see Installing the blade server cover).
  10. Install the blade server into the BladeCenter unit (see Installing the blade server in a BladeCenter unit).