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Remove the system board

Use this information to remove the system board.

Before removing the system board:
  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  2. If your server comes with an air baffle, remove it first. See Remove the air baffle.

  3. If your server comes with a middle drive cage, remove it first. See Middle drive cage replacement.

  4. If your server comes with a rear drive cage, remove it first. See Rear drive cage replacement.

  5. Record where the cables are connected to the system board; then, disconnect all the cables.
    Disengage all latches, cable clips, release tabs, or locks on cable connectors beforehand. Failing to release them before removing the cables will damage the cable connectors on the system board. Any damage to the cable connectors may require replacing the system board.
  6. Remove any of the following components that are installed on the system board and put them in a safe, static-protective place. See the related topics in Hardware replacement procedures.
    • Processor and heat sink

    • Memory modules

    • System fans

    • System fan cage

    • M.2 module

    • Internal riser kit

    • RAID super capacitor modules

    • Riser assemblies

    • CMOS battery

    • TPM adapter (only available in Chinese Mainland)

    • OCP 3.0 Ethernet adapter

    • Fan board

    • PIB board

  7. Pull out the power supplies slightly. Ensure that they are disconnected from the system board.

To remove the system board, complete the following steps:

Depending on the model, the blue lift handle on your system board might look slightly different from the illustration below.

  1. Lift the release pin 1 and hold the lift handle 2 at the same time and slide the system board toward the front of the server.
    Figure 1. System board removal (1)
    System board removal

  2. Tilt and lift the system board out of the chassis.
    Figure 2. System board removal (2)
    System board 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.


    Before you return the system board, make sure that the CPU socket is covered. There is a CPU external cap covering the CPU socket on the new system board. Slide the CPU external cap out from the CPU socket on the new system board, and install the external cap on the CPU socket on the removed system board.

  • If you are planning to recycle the system board, follow the instructions in Disassembling the system board for recycle for compliance with local regulations.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube