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Remove a fabric connector

Use this information to remove a fabric connector.

Before you remove the fabric connector, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. Power off the corresponding compute node that you are going to perform the task on.

  3. Remove the compute node from the chassis (see Remove the compute node from the chassis).

  4. Carefully lay the compute node on a flat, static-protective surface, orienting the compute node with the bezel pointing toward you.
  5. Remove the compute node cover (see Remove the compute node cover).

  6. Obtain a long shank #1 Phillips screwdriver.

When you remove the fabric connector, the UEFI firmware holds the Ethernet controller in reset and displays a warning message, if an I/O expansion adapter is not installed in the I/O expansion connector 1 to provide connectivity to the chassis.

To remove a fabric connector, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the installation process is available:
Figure 1. Fabric connector removal
Fabric connector removal

  1. Locate the fabric connector on the system board (see System-board connectors).
  2. Using a long shank #1 Phillips screwdriver, loosen the four captive screws that secure the fabric connector.
  3. Lift the fabric connector from the system board and store it in a safe place.

If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

If you have removed the fabric connector to install an I/O expansion adapter in I/O expansion connector 1, keep the fabric connector in a safe place for future use.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube