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Remove the front top cover

Follow the instructions in this section to remove the front top cover.

About this task

shock hazard
Hazardous voltage, current, and energy levels might be present. Only a qualified service technician is authorized to remove the covers where the label is attached.
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.

  • 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. If the front top cover is locked, unlock it with a screwdriver (direction 1).
    Figure 1. Front top cover locking/unlocking direction
    Front top cover locking/unlocking direction
    • 1 Unlocking direction
    • 2 Locking direction
  2. Remove the front top cover from the server.
    Figure 2. Removing front top cover
    Removing front top cover
    • Service label is located on the inside of the front top cover.

    • For proper cooling and air flow, install the front and rear top covers before you power on the server. Operating the server with the top covers removed might damage server components.

    1. Press the blue button on the front top cover release latch.
    2. Rotate the end of the latch up until it is in vertical position.
    3. Lift the front top cover to remove it.

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit. See Install the front top cover.

  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