Removing a CIOv expansion card

Use these instructions to remove a CIOv expansion card from 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 or scalable blade complex is installed in a BladeCenter chassis, remove it. See Removing the blade server from the BladeCenter chassis for instructions.
  3. Carefully lay the blade server on a flat, static-protective surface.
  4. If you are removing the CIOv card from a blade server that is the bottom blade server in a scalable blade complex, disassemble the blade complex (see Disassembling a scalable blade complex for instructions).
  5. If an IBM MAX5 expansion blade is installed, remove it (see Removing an IBM MAX5 expansion blade for instructions).
  6. Open the blade server cover (see Removing the blade server cover for instructions).
  7. If an optional expansion unit is installed, remove the expansion unit (see Removing an expansion unit for instructions).
    Note: Optional expansion units are not supported when a IBM MAX5 expansion blade is installed.
  8. Remove the CFFh expansion card, if one is installed (see Removing a CFFh expansion card for instructions).
  9. Locate the CIOv expansion connector (see Blade server connectors - BladeCenter HX5).
  10. Using your fingers, move the retaining clips away from the CIOv card; then, lift the card out of the connector.
  11. If you are instructed to return the CIOv expansion card, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.