Installing a memory module

Use these instructions to install memory modules in the blade server.

The blade server has a total of eighteen direct inline memory module (DIMM) slots. The blade server supports very low profile (VLP) DDR3 DIMMs with error code correction (ECC). For a current list of supported DIMMs for the blade server, see

After you install or remove a DIMM, you must change and save the new configuration information by using the Setup utility. When you turn on the blade server, a message indicates that the memory configuration has changed. Start the Setup utility and select Save Settings (see Setup utility menu for more information) to save changes.

Depending on the memory mode that is set in the Setup utility, the blade server can support a minimum of 1 GB and a maximum of 144 GB of system memory on the system board in a blade server with one processor. If two microprocessors are installed, the blade server can support a minimum of 2 GB and a maximum of 288 GB of system memory.

Before you install the quad-rank DIMMs, read the following information:
  • Quad-rank DIMMs must be installed first. You can install up to two quad-rank DIMMs per channel.
  • DIMM connectors 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, and 16 are not supported when a quad-rank DIMM is installed. The maximum number of DIMMs supported is 12 (two microprocessors installed).

There are three different memory modes:

To install a DIMM, complete the following steps:

  1. Locate the DIMM connectors (see Blade server connectors). Determine which DIMM connectors you will be installing memory into.
  2. If you are installing a DIMM in DIMM connectors ten through eighteen, remove the front bezel (see Removing the bezel assembly).
  3. If a DIMM filler or another memory module is already installed in the DIMM connectors, remove them (see Removing a memory module).
    Note: A DIMM or DIMM filler must occupy each DIMM socket before the blade server is turned on.
  4. To install the DIMMs, repeat the following steps for each DIMM that you install:
    Graphic illustrating the installation of DIMMs in the blade server
    1. Make sure that the retaining clips are in the open position, away from the center of the DIMM connector.
    2. Touch the static-protective package that contains the DIMM to any unpainted metal surface on the BladeCenter® unit or any unpainted metal surface on any other grounded rack component in the rack in which you are installing the DIMM for at least two seconds; then, remove the DIMM from its package.
    3. Turn the DIMM so that the DIMM keys align correctly with the DIMM connector on the system board.
      Attention: To avoid breaking the retaining clips or damaging the DIMM connectors, handle the clips gently.
    4. Press the DIMM into the DIMM connector. The retaining clips will lock the DIMM into the connector.
    5. Make sure that the small tabs on the retaining clips are in the notches on the DIMM. If there is a gap between the DIMM and the retaining clips, the DIMM has not been correctly installed. Press the DIMM firmly into the connector, and then press the retaining clips toward the DIMM until the tabs are fully seated. When the DIMM is correctly installed, the retaining clips are parallel to the sides of the DIMM.
  5. If the front bezel has been removed, install it now (see Installing the bezel assembly).
  6. Install the cover onto the blade server (see Closing the blade server cover).
  7. Install the blade server into the BladeCenter unit (see Installing the blade server in a BladeCenter unit).