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Remove the fan cage

Follow the instructions in this section to remove the fan cage.

About this task

disconnect all power
The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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


  1. Make preparation for the task.
    1. Remove the front top cover. See Remove the front top cover.
    2. Remove all fan modules. See Remove a fan module.
  2. Remove the fan cage.
    Figure 1. Removing the fan cage

    Removing the fan cage
    1. Lift and rotate the fan cage release latches to disengage the fan cage from the server.
    2. Lift the fan cage to remove it.

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit. See Install the fan cage.

  2. 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