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Install the system board

Use this information to install the system board.

About this task

  • Read Installation guidelines 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.

A video for this task is available at YouTube


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the system board to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the system board out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Install the system board to the server.
    Figure 1. System board installation
    System board installation

    1. Hold the lift handle 1 and the release pin 2 at the same time to lower the system board into the chassis.
    2. Slide the system board to the rear of the server until the system board snaps into position. Ensure that:
      • The new system board is engaged by the locating pin 3 on the chassis.

      • The rear connectors on the new system board are inserted into the corresponding holes in the rear panel.

      • The release pin 2 secures the system board in place.

After you finish

  1. Properly route and secure the cables in the server. Refer to detailed cable routing information for each component in Internal cable routing.

  2. Install the rear drive cage if you have removed it. See Install the hot-swap rear drive assembly.

  3. Install the air baffle if you have removed it. See Install the air baffle.

  4. Install the top cover. See Install the top cover.

  5. Push the power supplies into the bays until they click into place.

  6. Connect power cords to the server and turn on the server.

  7. Update the VPD. See Update the Vital Product Data (VPD).
    • (Required) Machine type

    • (Required) Serial number

    • (Optional) Asset tag

    • (Optional) UUID

  8. Configure the security settings. See Configure security settings.

    • (Required) Set the TPM policy

    • (Required) Lock the TPM policy

    • (Optional) Assert Physical Presence

    • (Optional) Set the TPM version

    • (Optional) Enable UEFI secure boot