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Install a system board

Use this information to install a system board.

shock hazard
Electrical current from power, telephone, and communication cables is hazardous.

To avoid a shock hazard:

  • Connect all power cords to a properly wired and grounded electrical outlet/source.
  • Connect any equipment that will be attached to this product to properly wired outlets/sources.
  • When possible, use one hand only to connect or disconnect signal cables.
  • Never turn on any equipment when there is evidence of fire, water, or structural damage.
  • The device might have more than one power cord, to remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
To avoid damaging the water loop, always use the water loop carrier when removing, installing or folding the water loop.
Before you install a system board:
  1. Read the Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

Complete the following steps to remove a system board.

  1. Install the system board.
    1. Carefully hold the front Ethernet connector and tilt the system board with an angle.
    2. Align the Ethernet connector with the hole and gently slide the system board forward.
    3. Carefully insert the system board into the node.
    When you install the system board from the node, avoid touching the connectors on the system board. Be careful not to damage any surrounding components inside the node.
    Figure 1. System board installation
    System board installation
  2. Tighten the following screws.
    • Eight black Torx T10 screws per node on the system board.

    • Two 3/16" hex head screws at the front of the node.

      Use a 3/16" hex head driver to ensure proper installation.
    Figure 2. Screws installation
    Screws installation

After you install a system board, complete the following steps:

  1. Reinstall the blank bezel filler.

    Figure 3. Blank bezel filler installation
    Blank bezel filler installation
  2. Reinstall the power distribution board (see Install the power distribution board).

  3. Reinstall the water loop.

    1. Carefully rotate the top side of the water loop.

    2. Carefully insert the quick connect into the tray opening as shown.

    3. Lower and orient the water loop carrier over the M.2 backplane planes; then, ensure the processor socket guide pins fit correctly through holes in the water loop cold plates.

    4. Gently put the other side of the water loop down and ensure it is seated firmly on the system board.

      Figure 4. Water loop installation
      Water loop installation
    5. Hook two quick connects.

    6. Secure the water loop and the quick connect to the tray by carefully inserting 15 silver Torx T10 screws.

      Figure 5. Silver T10 screw installation
      Silver T10 screw installation
    7. Loosen water loop carrier screws (10x P2 screws per node).

      Figure 6. Loosening captive P2 screws
      Loosening captive P2 screws
    8. Fully tighten all Torx T30 captive fasteners (8x Torx T30 captive fasteners per node) on cold plates in the installation sequence shown on the cold plate label.

      To prevent damage to components, make sure that you follow the indicated tightening sequence.
      Figure 7. Tightening screws
      Tightening screws
    9. Carefully lift the water loop carrier up and away from the water loop.

      Figure 8. Water loop carrier removal
      Water loop carrier removal
  4. Reinstall all four DIMM covers and DIMMs for both nodes (see Install a DIMM).

  5. Reinstall M.2 backplanes for both nodes (see Install the M.2 backplane).

  6. Reinstall drive cage assemblies if applicable (see Install a drive cage assembly).

  7. Reinstall PCIe rise assemblies if applicable (see Install an adapter or Install an Internal Faceplate Transition (IFT) adapterdepending on your configuration).

  8. Reinstall both air baffles.

    Figure 9. Air baffle installation
    Air baffle installation
  9. Reinstall the front and the rear cross braces (10x P2 screws).

    Figure 10. Cross brace installation
    Cross brace installation
  10. Reinstall the tray cover (see Install the tray cover).

  11. Reinstall the tray (see Install a DWC tray in the enclosure).

  12. Check the power LED on each node to make sure it changes from fast blink to slow blink to indicate both nodes are ready to be powered on.

  13. Update the machine type and serial number with new vital product data (VPD). Use the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager to update the machine type and serial number. See Update the machine type and serial number.

  14. Enable TPM/TCM. See Enable TPM/TCM

  15. Optionally, enable Secure Boot.

Demo video

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