Installing expansion boards

WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, electric shock, or damage to the equipment, remove the power cord to remove power from the server. The front panel Power On/Standby button does not completely shut off system power. Portions of the power supply and some internal circuitry remain active until AC power is removed.
CAUTION: To prevent improper cooling and thermal damage, do not operate the server unless all PCI slots have either an expansion slot cover or an expansion board installed.

To install the component:


Use these instructions to install expansion boards such as Smart I/O cards (DSC-25 2-port SFP28 card), solid state NVMe/PCIe Add-In-Cards, HBAs, CNAs, InfiniBand adapters, and accelerators.

Before you perform this procedure, make sure that you have the following items available:

The components included with the hardware option kit

  1. Power down the server.
  2. Remove all power:
    1. Disconnect each power cord from the power source.
    2. Disconnect each power cord from the server.
  3. Do one of the following:
  4. Remove the access panel.
  5. Remove the riser cage.

    Removing the standard PCI riser
  6. Identify and then remove the PCIe blank from the riser cage.

    Removing a blank from the primary PCI riser cage
  7. Install the expansion board.

    Installing an option card into the primary PCI riser cage
  8. If internal cables are required for the expansion board, connect the cables.
  9. Install the riser cage.

    Installing the primary PCI riser cage
  10. Install the access panel.
  11. Slide the server into the rack.
  12. Connect each power cord to the server.
  13. Connect each power cord to the power source.
  14. Power up the server.

The installation is complete.