Install a SmartNIC in a Server

NT100A01-NEBS Installation

Napatech SmartNIC
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. If the PCIe slot does not support 75 W, connect the optional auxiliary power connector to an additional power supply outlet (see Optional Auxiliary Power Connector).
  5. 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.
  6. Depending on the SmartNIC configuration, plug in the appropriate pluggable modules:
    • NT100A01-NEBS to run at 4 × 25/10 Gbit/s: Plug in the desired SFP28 or SFP+ modules.
    • NT100A01-NEBS to run at 4 × 10/1 Gbit/s: Plug in the desired SFP+ or SFP modules.

    See Plug In a Pluggable Module for more detailed instructions.

  7. Connect a network device via a fiber optic cable to the SmartNIC.
  8. Replace the server cover, and power on.
  9. Install the driver for the SmartNIC.
    For information on installing a Napatech driver, see:
  10. If the default image in the SmartNIC (the image in bank 0) is not the desired image, you must use the --switch command of the imgctrl tool to switch the SmartNIC to image bank 1, if this contains the desired image (see DN-0487).


The SmartNIC is now ready to operate.