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Removing the blade server from the BladeCenter unit

Use these instructions to remove the blade server from the BladeCenter® unit.

If you need an unpopulated I/O-module bay in your BladeCenter unit to install your new blade server, remove an existing blade server or filler module from the BladeCenter unit. The following illustration shows how to remove a blade server or filler module from a BladeCenter unit. The appearance of your BladeCenter unit might be different; see the documentation for your BladeCenter unit for additional information.

Graphic illustrating the removal of a blade server
  • To maintain proper system cooling, do not operate the BladeCenter unit without a blade server, expansion unit, or filler module installed in each blade server bay.
  • When you remove the blade server, note the blade-server bay number. Reinstalling a blade server into a different blade server bay from the one it was removed from can have unintended consequences. Some configuration information and update options are established according to blade-server bay number; if you reinstall the blade server into a different bay, you might have to reconfigure the blade server.

To remove the blade server, complete the following steps:

  1. If the blade server is operating, shut down the operating system; then, press the power-control button (behind the blade server control panel door) to turn off the blade server (see Turning off the blade server for more information).
    Wait at least 30 seconds, until the storage devices stop spinning, before you proceed to the next step.
  2. Open the two release handles as shown in the illustration. The blade server moves out of the blade server bay approximately 0.6 cm (0.25 inch).
  3. Pull the blade server out of the bay.
  4. Place either a blade filler or another blade server in the blade server bay within 1 minute.