Install a SmartNIC in a Server

NT50B01 Installation

Napatech SmartNIC
Content Type
Hardware Installation Guide

About this task

The SmartNIC is not hot-pluggable.


  1. Power off the server, and remove the server cover.
    Refer to the server documentation for correct procedure and for safety instructions.
  2. Remove the SmartNIC from the ESD bag.
    Observe the ESD precautions detailed in ESD Precautions when handling or placing the SmartNIC on a surface.
  3. Insert the SmartNIC in a vacant PCI Express ×16 connector, ensuring that it sits securely within the PCI Express connector.
  4. Secure the SmartNIC at the rear end of the server by fastening it at the top of the I/O bracket using the retention mechanism provided in the server, if applicable.
  5. Plug in the desired SFP28 or SFP+ modules.

    See Plug In a Pluggable Module for more detailed instructions.

  6. Connect a network device via a fiber optic cable to the SmartNIC.
  7. Replace the server cover, and power on.
  8. Install the driver for the SmartNIC, see DN-0379.


The SmartNIC is now ready to operate.