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Remove the system board

Use this information to remove the system board.

Before removing the system board:
  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  2. If your server comes with an air baffle, remove it first. See Remove the air baffle.

  3. Record where the cables are connected to the system board; then, disconnect all the cables.
    Disengage all latches, cable clips, release tabs, or locks on cable connectors beforehand. Failing to release them before removing the cables will damage the cable connectors on the system board. Any damage to the cable connectors may require replacing the system board.
  4. Remove any of the following components that are installed on the system board and put them in a safe, static-protective place. See the related topics in Hardware replacement procedures.
    • Fan board

    • PIB board

    • System fans

    • Heat sink and processor

    • Memory modules

    • M.2 adapter

    • Riser assemblies

    • Rear hot-swap drive cage

    • RAID super capacitor module

    • CMOS battery

    • Middle drive cage

  5. Pull out the power supplies slightly. Ensure that they are disconnected from the system board.

To remove the system board, complete the following steps:

Depending on the model, the blue lift handle on your system board might look slightly different from the illustration below.
Figure 1. System board removal
System board removal

  1. Lift the release pin 1 and hold the lift handle 2 at the same time and slide the system board toward the front of the server.
  2. Lift the system board out of the chassis.
After you finish
  • 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.


    Before you return the system board, make sure that CPU socket is covered. There is a CPU external cap covering the CPU socket on the new system board. Slide the CPU external cap out from the CPU socket on the new system board, and install the external cap on the CPU socket on the removed system board.

  • If you are planning to recycle the system board, follow the instructions in Disassembling the system board for recycle for compliance with local regulations.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube