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Remove the server from the rack

Follow the instructions in this section to remove the server from the rails of the rack and, optionally, remove the tower-to-rack conversion kit.

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.
No weight on shelf
Do not place any object on top of a rack-mounted device unless that rack-mounted device is intended for use as a shelf.

About this task



  1. Loosen the captive screws.
    Figure 1. Removal of the tower server from the rails
    Removing tower server from the rails
    Drop hazard
    Drop hazard.

    3-person lift required
    For tower server removal, use safe practices when lifting.
  2. Slightly pull the chassis out of the rack; then, carefully remove it from the rails gripping the server at sides and adjusting hands as needed.
  3. Carefully lay the server on a flat, static-protective surface.
  4. (Optional) If necessary, remove the tower-to-rack conversion kit (the EIA brackets) from the chassis.
    1. Lay the server on its side.
    2. Loosen the three screws at sides to remove the right EIA bracket.
      Figure 2. Removal of the right EIA bracket
      Right EIA bracket removal
    3. Use a screwdriver to remove the three screws that secure the left EIA bracket; then, remove the left EIA bracket.
      Figure 3. Removal of the left EIA bracket
      Left EIA bracket removal
  5. (Optional) If necessary, remove the rails from the rack.
    For tower server installation, the edges on the rails or the friction caused by the installation might scratch or damage the chassis coating. Applying rail and latch covers can help reduce scratching when installing the server into a rack.
    1. Press and hold the blue button on the front end of the rail to release the front latch gripping the rack flange; then, slightly push the rail towards the rear until the pins disengage from the holes in the EIA flange.
      Figure 4. Releasing rail from front mounting flange

    2. Hold the rail with one hand and pull the rear latch with your other hand to release the rail from the rear mounting flange; then, remove the rail from the rack.
      Figure 5. Releasing rail from rear mounting flange

    3. Repeat the previous two steps on the other rail to remove it from the rack.
  6. (Optional) If necessary, remove the latch covers and rail cover strips from the rails.
    1. Remove the left latch cover from the front latch of the left rail.
      Figure 6. Removal of the left latch cover
      Removing left latch cover
    2. Remove the rail cover strip from the bottom surface of the left rail.
      Figure 7. Removal of the left rail cover strip
      Removing left rail cover strip
    3. Repeat the previous two steps for the right rail.

After this task is completed

  1. Carefully lay the server on a flat, static-protective surface.

  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.

  3. To convert the server to the tower form factor, install the foot stands. See Install the foot stands.