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Remove a memory module

Memory modules are in the system boards that are accessed from the front of the server.

Memory modules are sensitive to static discharge and require special handling. In addition to the standard guidelines for Handling static-sensitive devices:
  • Always wear an electrostatic-discharge strap when removing or installing memory modules. Electrostatic-discharge gloves can also be used.

  • Never hold two or more memory modules together so that they touch. Do not stack memory modules directly on top of each other during storage.

  • Never touch the gold memory module connector contacts or allow these contacts to touch the outside of the memory-module connector housing.

  • Handle memory modules with care: never bend, twist, or drop a memory module.

The same procedure is used to remove memory modules and memory module fillers.
Before you remove a memory module:
  1. If you are removing a DCPMM in App Direct or Mixed memory mode, make sure to back up the stored data, and delete any created namespace.

  2. Remove the front cover. See Remove the front cover.

  3. Remove the compute tray where the system board and memory module are installed. See Remove a compute tray.

  4. If you are removing a memory module from the lower compute system board, remove the upper system board or system board filler. See Remove a system board.

Figure 1. Memory module locations
DIMM locations

Complete the following steps to remove a memory module.

DIMM removal

Open the memory module connector retaining clips to extract the memory module; then, remove the memory module.

If you are not replacing the memory module that you removed:

  1. See Memory module installation rules and order for the required installation order of the remaining memory modules.

  2. Install a memory module filler, that was originally provided with the PHM option, in any vacant memory module connectors.

  3. Install the upper system board or system board filler, if it was removed. See Install a system board.

  4. Install the compute tray where the system board is installed. See Install a compute tray.

  5. Install the front cover. See Install the front cover

If you are instructed to return the memory module, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube