Skip to main content

Install the system board

Use this information to install the system board.

About this task

  • 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.


  1. Take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Prepare your server.
    1. Power off the server.

    2. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

    3. Record and disconnect any cables. See Internal cable routing.

    4. Remove any components that are impeding the procedure.

    5. Install any components that are required before installing or removing the component(s).

  3. Install the new system board to the server.
    1. Pivot the front end of the system board towards the chassis.
    2. Lower the other end down.
    3. Slide the system board towards the rear of the chassis until the mounting stud is moved to the rear end of the slot.
    Figure 1. System board installation
    System board installation

  4. A new system board comes with half-height cable holders by default. If the old system board is installed with full-height cable holders, remove them from the old system board and install them to the new system board. See Cable holder replacement.

After you finish

  1. Install any components that you have removed from the failing system board.

  2. Properly route and secure the cables in the server. Refer to the cable connecting and routing information for each component.

  3. Install the air baffle if you have removed it. See Install the air baffle.

  4. Install the top cover. See Install the top cover.

  5. Push the power supplies into the bays until they click into place.

  6. Connect power cords to the server and turn on the server.

  7. Update the VPD. See Update the Vital Product Data (VPD).
    • (Required) Machine type

    • (Required) Serial number

    • (Optional) Asset tag

    • (Optional) UUID

  8. Configure the security settings. See Configure security settings.

    • (Optional) Assert Physical Presence

    • (Required) Set the TPM policy

    • (Required) Lock the TPM policy

    • (Optional) Toggle the TPM version

    • (Optional) Enable UEFI secure boot

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube