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Install the top cover

Use this information to install the top cover.

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. Check your server and ensure that:
    • All cables, adapters, and other components are installed and seated correctly and that you have not left loose tools or parts inside the server.

    • All internal cables are connected and routed correctly. See Internal cable routing.

  2. Install the top cover to your server.
    Handle the top cover carefully. Dropping the top cover with the cover latch open might damage the cover latch.
    Figure 1. Top cover installation
    Top cover installation

    1. Ensure that the cover latch is in the open position. Lower the top cover onto the chassis until both sides of the top cover engage the guides on both sides of the chassis. Then, slide the top cover to the front of the chassis.
      Before you slide the top cover forward, ensure that all the tabs on the top cover engage the chassis correctly.
    2. Pivot the cover latch until the top cover snaps into position. Ensure that the cover latch is completely closed.
    3. Use a screwdriver to turn the cover lock to the locked position.