Removing a CIOv-form-factor expansion card

Use these instructions to remove a CIOv-form-factor expansion card in the blade server.

The following illustration shows how to remove a vertical-combination-I/O (CIOv) expansion card.

Graphic illustrating removing a CIOv expansion card.

To remove a CIOv expansion card, complete the following steps:

  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. Open the blade server cover (see Removing the blade server cover for instructions).
  5. 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.
  6. Locate the CIOv expansion connector (see Blade server connectors).

    Graphic illustrating the location of the CIOv expansion card and retaining clips.
  7. Using your fingers, move the retaining clips away from the CIOv card; then, lift the card vertically out of the connector.