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Remove the front I/O module

Follow the instructions in this section to remove the front I/O module.

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.

  • If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the security door. See Remove the security door.
    2. Remove the front bezel. See Remove the front bezel.
    3. If foot stands are installed on the server, pivot them inwards and lay the server on its side for easier operation.
    4. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.
    5. If necessary, remove all flash power modules. See Remove a flash power module.
    6. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.
    7. Remove all the full-length GPU adapters, if any. See Remove a FL GPU adapter.
    8. Remove all the fan modules and fan filler. See Remove a fan module.
      All fan modules must be removed from the fan cage when handling the fan cage assembly.
    9. Remove the fan cage assembly. See Remove the fan cage assembly.
  2. Locate the front I/O module and disconnect the cables from the system board; then, remove the cable from the cable clips. See Front I/O module cable routing.
  3. Remove the front I/O module.
    1. Press the release tab in the direction as shown.
    2. Pull the front I/O module outwards; then, pull the cables out to completely remove the front I/O module from the chassis.
      Figure 1. Removal of the front I/O module
      Front I/O module removal

After this task is completed

  1. Install a replacement unit. See Install a front I/O module.

  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.