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Remove the air baffle

Follow instructions in this section to remove the air baffle.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, make sure to read and follow the safety information.

  • S002
    disconnect all power
    The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also 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.
  • S012
    hot surface
    Hot surface nearby.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. If applicable, unlock or remove any locking device that secures the top cover, such as a Kensington lock; then, remove the top cover (see Remove the top cover).
  2. Remove the air baffle.
    Hazardous moving parts. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
    This label indicates hazardous moving parts nearby and warns users and servicers to keep fingers and other body parts away.
    1. Pinch both sides of the air baffle; then, disengage the air baffle from its slot.
    2. Lift up the air baffle to remove it from the node.
      Figure 1. Removal of the air baffle
      Air baffle removal
      For proper cooling and airflow, reinstall the air baffle before you turn on the server. Operating the server without the air baffle might damage server components.


After this task is completed

  • Make sure to install the air baffle back after finishing component replacement (see Install an air baffle).
  • If you are instructed to return the component, follow all of the packaging instructions and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.