Remove the HBA Card
This is an internal component that is accessible from the rear of the
server by removing the SMOD. The host bus adapter (HBA) card is installed in
an internal PCIe slot mounted on the SMOD motherboard. Perform this
procedure to replace the HBA card.
Before You Begin
For component serviceability, locations, and designations, see About System Components.
Prepare the server for cold service. See Prepare the Server for Cold Service.
Remove the SMOD. See Remove the SMOD.
Set the SMOD on a flat surface with the front side facing toward
Close the SMOD handles.
Label and remove the storage drives. See Remove a Storage Drive.
Rotate the SMOD 180 degrees so the back (connector) side is facing
Turn the SMOD upside down and locate the HBA.
The connector (back) side of the SMOD should still be facing you.
The HBA is located inside the SMOD and is accessible through the an
upward-facing opening on the right side. In the following illustration,
call out 2 shows the location of the HBA card and call out 3 shows the
card locking lever (call out 1 shows the location of the USB flash
To unlock the HBA card, rotate the green release handle
The handle is on the right (vertical) side of the SMOD. To access it,
you might need to push it outward from the inside.
To disconnect the HBA card from its connector on the SMOD motherboard,
pull the card toward you.
The two storage drive backplane cables are still attached to the
Two cables with mini SAS4I connectors connect the HBA to the storage
Carefully lift the card up, and pull it slightly away from the SMOD
until the cable connectors are visible.
Disconnect the cables from the card.
Do not disconnect the cables from the SMOD.
Remove the HBA card from the SMOD.