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Remove the top cover

Follow instructions in this section to remove the top cover.

About this task

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

shock hazard
Hazardous voltage, current, and energy levels might be present. Only a qualified service technician is authorized to remove the covers where the label is attached.
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding systems.


  1. If the server is installed in a rack, remove the server from the rack. See the Rack Installation Guide that comes with the rail kit for your server.
  2. Remove the top cover.

    Handle the top cover carefully. Dropping the top cover with the cover latch open might damage the cover latch.

    Figure 1. Top cover removal
    Top cover removal

    1. Use a screwdriver to turn the cover lock to the unlocked position as shown.
    2. Press the release button on the cover latch. The cover latch then gets released to some extent.
    3. Fully open the cover latch as shown.
    4. Slide the top cover to the rear until it is disengaged from the chassis. Then, lift the top cover off the chassis and place the top cover on a flat clean surface.

After you finish

  1. Replace any options as required or install a new top cover. See Install the top cover.

  2. 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.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube