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Install the M.2 backplane

Follow instructions in this section to install the M.2 backplane.

About this task

Attention
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.
  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

Procedure

  1. If needed, connect the M.2 backplane cables to the M.2 backplane.
    • SATA/NVMe or NVMe M.2 backplane

      1. Connect the M.2 backplane cables to the M.2 backplane.
      2. Fasten the screw to secure the M.2 backplane cables to the M.2 backplane.
        Figure 1. SATA/NVMe or NVMe M.2 backplane cable connection
        SATA/NVMe or NVMe M.2 backplane cable connection
    • SATA/x4 NVMe M.2 backplane

      Connect the M.2 backplane cables from the M.2 backplane.

      Figure 2. SATA/x4 NVMe M.2 backplane cable connection
      SATA/x4 NVMe M.2 backplane cable connection
  2. Install the M.2 backplane.
    1. Lower the M.2 backplane into the front air baffle; then, slide the M.2 backplane forward until it is seated in place.
    2. Install the screw that secures the end of the M.2 backplane to the front air baffle
    3. Install the screw that secures the middle of the M.2 backplane to the front air baffle.
      Figure 3. M.2 backplane installation
      M.2 backplane installation
  3. Connect the M.2 backplane cables to the M.2 power connector and the signal connector on the system board assembly. See M.2 backplane cable routing for more details.

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the PCIe riser. See Install a PCIe riser.
  2. Reinstall the M.2 drives. See Install an M.2 drive.
  3. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube