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Remove the front I/O module

Use this information to remove the front I/O module.

About this task

The following illustrates how to remove the front I/O module with diagnostics panel. You can remove other front I/O modules in the same way.

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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 system.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. If the security bezel is installed, remove it. See Remove the security bezel.
  3. Disconnect the front I/O cables from the system board. See Front I/O module cable routing.
    • If you need to disconnect cables from the system board assembly, disengage all latches or release tabs on cable connectors first. Failing to release the tab before removing the cables will damage the cable sockets on the system board assembly. Any damage to the cable sockets might require replacing the system board assembly.

    • The connectors on your system board assembly might look different from those in the illustration, but the removal procedure is the same.

      1. Press the release tab to release the connector.

      2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.

    Figure 1. Disconnecting cables from the system board assembly
    Disconnecting the external diagnostics cable or front panel cable

    Disconnecting the USB cable

  4. Remove the front I/O module.

    1. Remove the screws that secure the front I/O module.
    2. Slide the front I/O module out of the front chassis.

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the old front I/O module, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube