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Introduction

This guide is a walk through of the complete replacement of an AVA M.2 NVMe Carrier card and M.2 NVMe SSD in a Leopard V2 server. This guide targets maintenance of a sever in a Discovery Fast Start.

If your servers are rack mounted or in another configuration, please locate the appropriate guides for server removal and installation.

  1. Disconnect the 10G SFP+ cable from the NIC (Network Interface Controller) card by first pulling the blue pull-tab and then the cable directly out from the server. Move cable to the side for server removal. Move cable to the side for server removal.
    • Disconnect the 10G SFP+ cable from the NIC (Network Interface Controller) card by first pulling the blue pull-tab and then the cable directly out from the server.

    • Move cable to the side for server removal.

  2. Locate the server to be serviced in the Discovery Fast Start. Pull the green retention plunger upwards and twist 90 degrees to lock in the upright position. Using the handle, carefully pull the server away from the Discovery Fast Start.
    • Locate the server to be serviced in the Discovery Fast Start.

    • Pull the green retention plunger upwards and twist 90 degrees to lock in the upright position.

    • Using the handle, carefully pull the server away from the Discovery Fast Start.

  3. Place the removed Server on an ESD safe cart or workbench.
    • Place the removed Server on an ESD safe cart or workbench.

    • Orient the server with the handle to your left, as shown here.

  4. To remove the AVA M.2 carrier card by  unhooking the metal hook tab on the left side of the bracket. To remove the AVA M.2 carrier card by  unhooking the metal hook tab on the left side of the bracket. To remove the AVA M.2 carrier card by  unhooking the metal hook tab on the left side of the bracket.
    • To remove the AVA M.2 carrier card by unhooking the metal hook tab on the left side of the bracket.

  5. Locate the green retention plunger at the right side of the AVA assembly, next to the large green chassis cover. Pull the green retention plunger upwards and then turn 90 degrees clockwise to release the AVA M.2 carrier card. Pull the green retention plunger upwards and then turn 90 degrees clockwise to release the AVA M.2 carrier card.
    • Locate the green retention plunger at the right side of the AVA assembly, next to the large green chassis cover.

    • Pull the green retention plunger upwards and then turn 90 degrees clockwise to release the AVA M.2 carrier card.

  6. Grasp the AVA M.2 carrier card by the edges and gently pull it out of PCIe Riser card socket. Place the AVA M.2 carrier card on ESD safe surface Place the AVA M.2 carrier card on ESD safe surface
    • Grasp the AVA M.2 carrier card by the edges and gently pull it out of PCIe Riser card socket.

    • Place the AVA M.2 carrier card on ESD safe surface

  7. Remove the NVMe metal cover by first pulling green tab towards the center of the AVA card and lifting up. Make sure the thermal pads on the metal cover stay in place. Make sure the thermal pads on the metal cover stay in place.
    • Remove the NVMe metal cover by first pulling green tab towards the center of the AVA card and lifting up.

    • Make sure the thermal pads on the metal cover stay in place.

  8. To remove NVMe SSD pull the green tab away from the SSD as shown. The SSD will automatically lift up. Gently pull out the SSD out of the socket.
    • To remove NVMe SSD pull the green tab away from the SSD as shown.

    • The SSD will automatically lift up.

    • Gently pull out the SSD out of the socket.

  9. Ensure the 2 thermal pads are present on the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card before installing the SSD.
    • Ensure the 2 thermal pads are present on the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card before installing the SSD.

    • Identify the correct orientation of the new M.2 NVMe SSD based on the socket.

  10. Gently insert the M.2 NVMe SSD into into the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card. Pull back green tab, gently push the SSD down and release the green tab  to lock the SSD in place. Pull back green tab, gently push the SSD down and release the green tab  to lock the SSD in place.
    • Gently insert the M.2 NVMe SSD into into the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card.

    • Pull back green tab, gently push the SSD down and release the green tab to lock the SSD in place.

  11. Install previously removed metal cover. Make sure the thermal pads are present and secure on the metal. Close the cover by pulling the green tab towards the front of the card and then releasing to lock once the cover is seated.
    • Install previously removed metal cover.

    • Make sure the thermal pads are present and secure on the metal.

    • Close the cover by pulling the green tab towards the front of the card and then releasing to lock once the cover is seated.

  12. Carefully re-install the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card into the server by slowly sliding it into the PCIe Riser card socket. Close previously opened metal lock and the green retention plunger back to  their original positions. When properly installed the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card should be secured as shown.
    • Carefully re-install the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card into the server by slowly sliding it into the PCIe Riser card socket.

    • Close previously opened metal lock and the green retention plunger back to their original positions.

    • When properly installed the AVA M.2 NVMe carrier card should be secured as shown.

  13. Carefully slide the server back into the Discovery Fast Start. Make sure that server is commpletely inserted and green retention plunger is inserted into the second hole on the metal bracket Make sure that server is commpletely inserted and green retention plunger is inserted into the second hole on the metal bracket
    • Carefully slide the server back into the Discovery Fast Start.

    • Make sure that server is commpletely inserted and green retention plunger is inserted into the second hole on the metal bracket

  14. Carefully insert the 10G SFP+ cable into the NIC (Network Interface Controller) port, ensuring it locks into place. Carefully insert the 10G SFP+ cable into the NIC (Network Interface Controller) port, ensuring it locks into place. Carefully insert the 10G SFP+ cable into the NIC (Network Interface Controller) port, ensuring it locks into place.
    • Carefully insert the 10G SFP+ cable into the NIC (Network Interface Controller) port, ensuring it locks into place.

  15. Press the red power button to turn on the server. Press the red power button to turn on the server.
    • Press the red power button to turn on the server.

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