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Remove the air baffle

Follow instructions in this section to remove the air baffle.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rack.

  • If you intend to install memory modules in the server, you must first remove the air baffle from the server.


  1. Prepare your server.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Disconnect the M.2 backplane cables from the system board.
    1. Press and hold the latches on the M.2 cables.
    2. Disconnect the cables from system board.
    Figure 1. Disconnecting the M.2 backplane cables from system board
    Disconnecting the M.2 backplane cables from system board
  3. Grasp the air baffle and carefully lift it out of the chassis.
    Figure 2. Removing the air baffle
    For proper cooling and airflow, reinstall the air baffle before you turn on the server. Operating the server with the air baffle removed might damage server components.

    Removing the air baffle
  4. Remove the M.2 backplane from the air baffle. See Remove the M.2 backplane.
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.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube