Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitive devices, such as the PCIe cards, storage drives, processors (CPUs), DIMMs, and memory cards, require special handling.
Wear an antistatic wrist strap when handling components such as storage drive assemblies, circuit boards, or PCIe cards. When servicing or removing server components, attach an antistatic strap to your wrist and then to a metal area on the server chassis. If your wrist strap is equipped with a banana connector, insert it into the grounding socket on the right-hand side of the chassis front panel.
Following this practice equalizes the electrical potentials between you and the server.
In addition to wearing an antistatic wrist strap when handling components, create an ESD-free work place by using an antistatic mat as a work surface and as a place to set ESD-sensitive components such as printed circuit boards, DIMMs, and processors (CPUs). You can use the following items as antistatic mats:
Antistatic bag used to wrap a replacement part
ESD mat (orderable from Oracle)
A disposable ESD mat (shipped with some optional system components)