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Install the rack latches

Use this information to install the rack latches.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

    If the rack latches are not assembled with a VGA connector or the front I/O assembly, you can install the rack latches without powering 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.

A video for this task is available at YouTube


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new rack latches to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the new rack latches out of the package and place them on a static-protective surface.
  2. On each side of the server, align the rack latch with the pin on the chassis. Then, press the rack latch onto the chassis and slightly slide it backward.
    Figure 1. Rack latch installation
    Rack latch installation

  3. Install the screws to secure the rack latch on each side of the server.
    Figure 2. Screws installation
    Screws installation

  4. Route the VGA cable as shown. Then, install the screws to secure the cable retainer.
    Figure 3. Cable retainer installation
    Cable retainer installation

  5. Connect the cables to the system board. See Internal cable routing.

After you finish

  1. Install the ID label plate to the right rack latch as shown.
    Figure 4. ID label plate installation
    ID label plate installation

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.