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Install the M.2 backplane

Use this information to install the M.2 backplane.

About this task

The position of the M.2 module 1 varies by server hardware configuration. This topic uses the M.2 backplane on the standard air baffle as an example for installation illustration. The installation procedure is the same for the others.
Table 1. M.2 module location
Figure 1. On standard air baffle
Figure 2. On GPU air baffle
Figure 3. On 8 x 2.5 middle drive cage
Figure 4. On 4 x 3.5 middle drive cage
  • 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.


Your M.2 backplane might look different from the following illustrations, but the installation method is the same.
Figure 5. M.2 backplane installation
Install the M.2 backplane into the tray.

  1. Open the retention clip on the air baffle.
  2. Insert the M.2 backplane at an angle of approximately 30 degrees into the tray.
  3. Rotate the M.2 backplane downward into place.
  4. Close the retention clip.
  5. Fasten the screw to secure the M.2 backplane.
  6. Connect the cables to the M.2 backplane.
  7. Fasten the screw that secures the M.2 signal cable to the M.2 backplane.
  8. Connect the cables to the system board. See M.2 drives.