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Remove the rack latches

Follow instructions in this section to remove the rack latches.

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. Make preparation for the task.
    1. If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rack.
    2. If the server is installed with the security bezel, remove it first. See Remove the security bezel.
    3. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    4. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.
  2. Disconnect the VGA cable, the front I/O module cable, or both cables from the system board assembly.
    • If you need to disconnect cables from the system board assembly, disengage all latches or release tabs on cable connectors first. Failing to release the tab before removing the cables will damage the cable sockets on the system board assembly. Any damage to the cable sockets might require replacing the processor board or system I/O board.

    • The connectors on your system board assembly might look different from those in the illustration, but the removal procedure is the same.

      1. Press the release tab to release the connector.

      2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.

    Figure 1. Disconnecting cables from the system board assembly

  3. Remove the screws that secure the cable retainer on the side of the server. Then, remove the cable retainer from the chassis.
    Figure 2. Removing the cable retainer
    Removing the cable retainer
  4. Remove the screws that secure the rack latch.
    Figure 3. Removing the screws
    Screws removal
  5. Slide the rack latch forward slightly and then remove the rack latch from the chassis.
    Figure 4. Removing the rack latch
    Rack latch removal

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube