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Install the heat sink and the fan module

Follow instructions in this section to install the heat sink and the fan module. This procedure must be executed by a trained technician.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, read and follow the following safety statements.
  • S002
    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.
  • S009
    To avoid personal injury, disconnect the fan cables before removing the fan from the device.
  • S014
    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.
  • S017
    moving parts
    Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
  • S033
    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 the Installation guidelines 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.


  1. Install the processor if one is not yet installed (see Install the processor).
  2. Align the four screws on the heat sink and fan assembly with the corresponding screw holes on the system board.
    Make sure that the “Front” label is facing the front of the server.
  3. Install the heat sink and fan module.
    Figure 1. Installing the heat sink and the fan module
    Installing the heat sink and the fan module
    1. & Tighten screw 1 and 2: First, partially tighten screw 1; then, fully tighten screw 2. Finally, fully tighten screw 1.
    2. & Tighten screw 3 and 4: First, partially tighten screw 3; then, fully tighten screw 4. Finally, fully tighten screw 3.
  4. Connect the fan power cable to the Fan 2 connector on the system board. See System-board components and Fan power cable

After this task is completed

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube