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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 I/O expansion unit and the Storage and I/O expansion unit.

If a high-speed 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 installing an optional expansion unit
  1. Before you begin, read Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. If the blade server is installed in a BladeCenterĀ® unit, remove it (see Removing the blade server from the BladeCenter unit for instructions).
  3. Remove the protective covers from the blade server expansion connectors, if any are present.
  4. 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.
  5. Orient the optional expansion unit as shown in the illustration.
  6. Lower the optional expansion unit so that the slots at the rear slide down onto the cover pins at the rear of the blade server.
  7. Close the optional expansion unit (see the expansion unit documentation for information and instructions):
    • If the optional expansion unit has an extraction device, pivot the expansion unit closed; then, use the extraction device to fully seat the expansion unit on the system board. These extraction devices can be of several types, including thumbscrews or levers.
    • If the optional expansion unit has no extraction device, pivot the expansion unit closed; then, press the expansion unit firmly into place until the blade server cover releases click.

The connectors on the expansion unit automatically align with and connect to the connectors in the system board.

If you have other expansion units to install, do so now; otherwise, go to Completing the installation.