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Install the M.2 backplane

Use this information to install the M.2 backplane.

About this task

Attention
  • 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.

  • Before you remove or make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board assembly), drive backplanes or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.
Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

Procedure

  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new part to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Install the M.2 backplane.
    M.2 backplane on the air baffle
    1. Install the M.2 backplane on the air baffle.

      Figure 1. Installing the M.2 backplane on the air baffle
      Installing the M.2 backplane to the air baffle
      1. Open the retention clip on the air baffle.

      2. Align the guide holes on the M.2 backplane with the guide pins on the air baffle, and insert the backplane into the air baffle.

      3. Rotate the M.2 backplane downward into place.

      4. Tighten the screw to secure the M.2 backplane.

    2. Install the M.2 drive on the M.2 backplane. See Install an M.2 drive.

    M.2 backplane on the middle drive cage
    1. Install the M.2 backplane on the middle drive cage.
      Figure 2. Installing the M.2 backplane on the middle drive cage
      Installing the M.2 backplane to the middle drive cage
      1. Align the screws on the M.2 backplane with the screw holes on the drive cage, and insert the backplane into the drive cage.

      2. Tighten the screw on the middle of the M.2 backplane.

      3. Tighten the screw on the end of the M.2 backplane.

    2. Install the M.2 drive on the M.2 backplane. See Install an M.2 drive.

    3. Press the latch as shown and close the handle.

      Figure 3. Closing the handle of the middle drive cage
      Closing the handle of the middle drive cage

  3. Connect the M.2 backplane cables to M.2 backplane.
    Figure 4. Connecting M.2 backplane cables to M.2 backplane
    Connecting M.2 backplane cables to M.2 backplane

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.