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Install an M.2 boot adapter

Follow the instructions in this section to install an M.2 boot adapter.

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.
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task. 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.

  • When the ThinkSystem M.2 SATA/NVMe 2-Bay Enablement Kit is installed, the M.2 drives are managed by Intel VROC/VMD/SATA RAID and do not support hot-swap or LED features.


  1. Install the M.2 boot adapter.
    1. Insert the M.2 boot adapter towards the rear pin.
    2. Tighten the screw that secures the M.2 boot adapter to the chassis.
      Figure 1. Installation of an M.2 boot adapter
      M.2 boot adapter installation
  2. Connect the cables to the M.2 boot adapter.
    1. Tilt the connector at an angle of 20 degrees or lower, and insert it until its bottom surface reaches the ramp.
    2. Press the connector down flat.
    3. Tighten the screw on the signal cable.
    4. Connect the power cable.
      Figure 2. Installation of the M.2 signal cable
      Installation of the M.2 signal cable
  3. Connect the power cable and the signal cable to the system board. See Power distribution board and M.2 adapter.

After this task is completed

  1. Reinstall the server cover. See Install a server cover.

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.