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Install the OCP module

Use this information to install the OCP module.

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 OCP module to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the OCP module out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Install the OCP module.
    Figure 1. OCP module installation
    • Ensure that the Ethernet adapter is fully seated and the thumbscrew is securely tightened. Otherwise, the OCP module will not get full connection and may not function.

    • If there is an OCP module installed, when the system is powered off but still plugged in to AC power, system fan 1 and fan 2 will continue to spin at a much lower speed. This is the system design to provide proper cooling for the OCP module.

    OCP module installation

    1. Push the OCP module by its handle on the left until it is fully inserted into the connector on the processor board.
    2. Fully tighten the thumbscrew to secure the adapter.
Figure 2. OCP module (two connectors)
OCP module (two connectors)
Figure 3. OCP module (four connectors)
OCP module (four connectors)
  • The OCP module provides two or four extra Ethernet connectors for network connections.

  • By default, any Ethernet connector on the OCP module can also function as a management connector using the shared management capacity.

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube