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Installing an adapter

The following tips describe the types of adapters that the server supports and other information that you must consider when you install an adapter:
  • To confirm that the server supports the adapter that you are installing, go to: the Lenovo ServerProven website
  • Locate the documentation that comes with the adapter and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this topic.
  • To ensure that any of your adapters function properly on UEFI-based servers, make sure that the adapter firmware and supporting device drivers are updated to the latest version.

  • The adapter slots are on the PCI riser-card assembly. You must first remove the PCI riser-card assembly to access the adapter slots 1 and 2.
    • 1 Dedicated to ServeRAID M1210 SAS/SATA Controller
    • 2 Support one PCI Express Gen3 x8 half-length, full-height adapter
      Figure 1. PCI riser-card assembly
      PCI riser-card assembly

  • If your adapter was previously configured, backup or record its configuration information, if possible, before replacing the adapter. See the documentation for your adapter for information and instructions.

  • If you are replacing a ServeRAID adapter, import your RAID configuration to the replacement adapter as a foreign configuration after you finish the replacement. For more information, see ServeRAID-M Software User Guide.

To install an adapter, do the following:

  1. Turn off the server. Then, disconnect all external cables and remove all peripheral devices.
  2. Remove the server cover. See Removing the server cover.
  3. Remove the PCI riser-card assembly. See Removing the PCI riser-card assembly.
  4. Touch the static-protective package that contains the adapter to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove the adapter from the package.
  5. Place the adapter, component side up, on a flat, static-protective surface and set any jumpers or switches as described by the adapter manufacturer, if necessary.
  6. Connect the cables to the adapter.
  7. Position the adapter near the slot on the PCI riser-card assembly. Then, press the adapter firmly into the PCI riser-card assembly. Ensure that the adapter is securely installed in the PCI riser-card assembly.
    Make sure that the U-shaped opening in the metal adapter bracket engages the tab 2 on the PCI riser-card cage 1.
    Figure 2. Adapter installation
    Adapter installation

  8. Route the adapter cables. Refer to Internal cable routing.
  9. Reinstall the PCI riser-card assembly. See Installing the PCI riser-card assembly.
    When you install an adapter, make sure that the adapter is correctly seated in the PCI riser-card assembly and that the PCI riser-card assembly is securely seated in the riser-card connector on the system board before you turn on the server. An incorrectly seated adapter might damage the system board, the PCI riser-card assembly, or the adapter.
  10. Complete the parts replacement. See Completing the parts replacement.
  • If the server is configured for RAID operation through an optional ServeRAID adapter, you might have to reconfigure your disk arrays after you install an adapter. For additional information about RAID operation and complete instructions for using ServeRAID Manager, see the ServeRAID documentation on the Lenovo ServeRAID Support CD

  • When you restart the server, you are prompted to import the existing RAID configuration to the new ServeRAID SAS/SATA controller.