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Install the front riser card and PCIe adapter

Follow the instructions in this section to install the front riser card and PCIe adapter.

About this task

  • 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 system.


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the front riser card and PCIe adapter to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the front riser card and PCIe adapter out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Install the front riser cards to both cages.
    Figure 1. Installing the riser card to low-profile cage

    Figure 2. Installing the riser card to full-height cage

    1. Align the screw holes on the riser cards with the corresponding ones on the cages.
    2. Install the two screws to secure the riser cards to the cages.
  3. Connect the cables to the riser cards. For more details, see Front riser assembly.
  4. Install the PCIe adapter to the riser cage.
    Figure 3. Installing the PCIe adapter

    1. Rotate the latch on the riser cage to open position.
    2. Align the PCIe adapter with the PCIe slot on the riser card. Then, carefully press the PCIe adapter straight into the slot until it is securely seated.
    3. Rotate the latch on the riser cage to close position.
  5. Repeat the previous step on the full-height cage.
  6. Assemble the low-profile riser cage and the full-height riser cage.
    Figure 4. Assembling the two riser cages

    1. Tilt the low-profile cage and insert it to the latch on the full-height one.
    2. Place the low-profile cage down and align the screw holes.
    3. Tighten the screw and make sure the low-profile cage is secured.

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube