Installing an optional expansion unit

Use these instructions to install an optional expansion unit.

The optional expansion units supported for this blade server are the PCI Express I/O expansion unit.

Attention: If a horizontal combination-form-factor (CFFh) expansion card is installed on the blade server system board, you cannot install an optional expansion unit.
  1. The following illustration shows an optional expansion unit in a blade server.
  2. The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.

To install an optional expansion unit, complete the following steps.

Graphic illustrating how to remove an optional expansion unit
  1. Locate the blade expansion connector and remove the cover if one is installed (see Blade server connectors).
  2. Touch the static-protective package that contains the optional expansion unit to any unpainted metal surface on the BladeCenter® unit or any unpainted metal surface on any other grounded rack component; then, remove the optional expansion unit from the package.
  3. Orient the optional expansion unit as shown in the illustration.
  4. Lower the expansion unit so that the slots at the rear slide down onto the cover pins at the rear of the blade server; then, pivot the expansion unit down onto the blade server.
  5. If the expansion unit has an extraction device (such as a thumbscrew or a lever), use it to fully engage the expansion unit on the blade server; otherwise, press the expansion unit firmly into the closed position until it clicks into place.
  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).