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Remove the air baffle

Use this information to remove the air baffle. If you intend to install hardware options in the server, you must first remove the air baffle from the server.

About this task

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
  • Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • 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. 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).

  2. (Only for GPU air baffle) Remove the air baffle fillers or extenders (if any).
  3. Grasp the air baffle and carefully lift it out of the server.
    Figure 1. Removal of the standard air baffle
    Removal of the standard air baffle

    Figure 2. Removal of the GPU air baffle
    Removal of the GPU air baffle

    For proper cooling and airflow, install the air baffle before you turn on the server. Operating the server without the air baffle might damage server components.
  4. If you are using 1U standard heat sinks and need to change to 2U standard or performance heat sinks, remove the fillers from the air baffle after air baffle removal.
    Figure 3. Removal of the fillers from standard air baffle
    Removal of the standard air baffle