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Steps to install RAM and NIC Cisco UCS Server

It is always very easy to install additional hardware components to Cisco UCS blade or Rack servers in non-production environment. If you have to add something to Cisco UCS blade or Rack server in your company’s data center or in customer production environments then you are given a small time window to perform your activity and resume the Server or compute infrastructure in production. In this case you have to put extra efforts and create method of procedure MOP, to avoid any delay and surprises during your Change Request CR window and complete the task before the end of the CR window.
Writing this post to save your time if you are going to install additional hardware components e.g Memory RAM/DIMM, Network interface cards, NICs, or VIC, hard drives etc. You got to plan it well, otherwise you may stuck with troubleshooting and run out of time in CR window time.
Before installing the new hardware components, make sure the new hardware is compatible with your blade/rack server, supported by your current UCS firmware version, and there are no open bugs of that new hardware component in the installed UCS firmware version
After confirming above points, follow below steps to install new hardware.
  1. Dissociate service profile from Server
  2. Decommission the same server
  3. In case of  rack server, remove the power cords from Server and all fibre/copper network connections
  4. Pull out the Server and open the top cover
  5. Install new hardware components
  6. Put back the server in the same slot, if blade.
  7. Re-commission the Server
  8. Associate same Service profile to the server.

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