Devices that are sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD), such as the motherboard, PCIe cards, drives, processors, and memory DIMMs require special handling.
Caution - The boards and drives contain electronic components that are extremely sensitive to static electricity. Ordinary amounts of static electricity from clothing or the work environment can destroy components. Do not touch the components along their connector edges.
Do the following when handling ESD-sensitive components:
Use an antistatic wrist strap.
Wear an antistatic wrist strap when handling components such as drive assemblies, boards, or cards. When servicing or removing server components, disconnect the power cords from the server and then attach an antistatic strap to your wrist and then to a metal area on the chassis. Following this practice equalizes the electrical potentials between you and the server.
Use an antistatic mat.
Place ESD-sensitive components such as the motherboard, DIMMS (memory modules), and other printed circuit board (PCB) cards on an antistatic mat. The following items can be used as an antistatic mat:
An antistatic bag used to wrap an Oracle replacement part
An Oracle ESD mat (orderable item)
A disposable ESD mat (shipped with some replacement parts or optional system components)