Logging in to Lenovo XClarity Administrator

Log in to the Lenovo XClarity Administrator web interface using a supported web browser.

Before you begin

Ensure that you are using one of the following supported web browsers:
  • Chrome™ 48.0 or later (55.0 or above for Remote Console)

  • Firefox® ESR 38.6.0 or later

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Safari® 9.0.2 or later (IOS7 or later and OS X)

Note: Launching the management-controller interfaces from XClarity Administrator using the Safari web browser is not supported.

Ensure that you log in to the XClarity Administrator web interface from a system that has network connectivity to XClarity Administrator management node.

Procedure

Complete the following steps to log in to the XClarity Administrator web interface.

  1. Point your browser to the IP address of XClarity Administrator.
    Note: If you have Eth0 and Eth1 networks on separate subnets, and if DHCP is used on both subnets, use the Eth1 IP address when accessing the web interface for initial setup. When XClarity Administrator starts for the first time, both Eth0 and Eth1 get a DHCP-assigned IP address, and the XClarity Administrator default gateway is set to the DHCP-assigned gateway for Eth1.
    Tip: Access to the web interface is through a secure connection. Ensure that you use https.
    Using static a IPv4 address
    If you specified an IPv4 address in eth0_config, use that IPv4 address to access XClarity Administrator using the following URL:
    https://<IPv4_address>/ui/login.html
    For example:
    https://192.0.2.10/ui/login.html
    Using a DHCP server in the same broadcast domain as XClarity Administrator
    If a DHCP server is set up in the same broadcast domain as XClarity Administrator, use the IPv4 address that is displayed in the XClarity Administrator virtual-machine console to access XClarity Administrator using the following URL:
    https://<IPv4_address>/ui/login.html
    For example:
    https://192.0.2.10/ui/login.html
    Using a DHCP server in a different broadcast domain as XClarity Administrator
    If a DHCP server is not set up in the same broadcast domain, use the IPv6 Link-Local Address (LLA) that is displayed for eEth0 (the management network) in the XClarity Administrator virtual-machine console to access XClarity Administrator, for example:
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    Lenovo XClarity Administrator  Version x.x.x
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    eth0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 2001:db8:65:12:34:56
             inet addr: 192.0.2.10  Bcast 192.0.2.55  Mask 255.255.255.0
             inet6 addr: 2001:db8:56ff:fe80:bea3/64 Scope:Link
    
    eth1     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 2001:db8:64:23:45:67
             inet addr: 192.0.2.20  Bcast 192.0.2.130 Mask 255.255.255.0
             inet6 addr: 2001:db8:56ff:fe80:bea3/64 Scope:Link
    
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    You have 150 seconds to change IP settings. Enter one of the following:
      1. To set a static IP address for Lenovo XClarity virtual appliance eth0 port
      2. To use a DHCP address for Lenovo XClarity virtual appliance eth0 port
      x. To continue without changing IP settings
      ... ...
    
    Tip: The IPv6 link local address (LLA) is derived from the MAC address of the interface.
    Attention: If you are configuring XClarity Administrator remotely, you must have connectivity to the same layer 2 network. It must be accessed from a non-routed address until the initial setup is complete. Therefore, consider accessing XClarity Administrator from another VM that has connectivity to XClarity Administrator. For example, you can access XClarity Administrator from another VM on the host where XClarity Administrator is installed.
    • Firefox:

      To access the XClarity Administrator web interface from a Firefox browser, log in using the following URL. Note that brackets are required when entering IPv6 addresses.

      https://[<IPv6_LLA>/ui/login.html]

      For example, based on the previous example shown for Eth0, enter the following URL in your web browser:

      https://[fe80:21a:64ff:fe12:3456]/ui/login.html
    • Internet Explorer:

      To access the XClarity Administrator web interface from an Internet Explorer browser, log in using the following URL. Note that brackets are required when entering IPv6 addresses.

      https://[<IPv6_LLA>%25<zone_index>]/ui/login.html

      where <zone_index> is the identifier for the Ethernet adapter that is connected to the management network from the computer on which you launched the web browser. If you are using a browser on Windows, use the ipconfig command to find the zone index, which is displayed after the percent sign (%) in the Link-Local IPv6 Address field for the adapter. In the following example, the zone index is 30.

      PS C:> ipconfig
      Windows IP Configuration
      
      Ethernet adapter vEthernet (teamVirtualSwitch):
      
         Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
         Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : 2001:db8:56ff:fe80:bea3%30
         Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 192.0.2.30
         Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
      
      

      If you are using a browser on Linux, use the ifconfig command to find the zone index. You can also use the name of the adapter (typically Eth0) as the zone index.

      For example, based on the examples shown for Eth0 and the zone index, enter the following URL in your web browser:

      https://[2001:db8:56ff:fe80:bea3%2530]/ui/login.html
    The XClarity Administrator initial login page is displayed:
    Illustrates the initial log-in page for Lenovo XClarity Administrator.
  2. Select the desired language from the Language drop-down list.
    Note: The configuration settings and values that are provided by the managed devices might be available only in English.
  3. Enter a valid user ID and password, and click Log In.
    The first time you log in with a user account, you are required to change the password. Passwords must meet the following criteria:
    • Must contain eight or more characters with at least one number (0 - 9) and one alphabetical character (a - z, A - Z)
    • Cannot contain spaces
    • Cannot repeat or reverse the user name
    • Cannot use more than three of the same characters consecutively
    • Must contains at least two of the following combinations:
      • One uppercase alphabetical character
      • One lowercase alphabetical character
      • One of the following special characters: ; @ _ ! ' $ & +

After you finish

The XClarity Administrator dashboard page is displayed:
Illustrates the component status summaries on the dashboard.
Note: If the host operating system is shut down unexpectedly, you might receive an authentication error when you attempt to log in to XClarity Administrator. To resolve this problem, restore XClarity Administrator from the last backup to access the management server (see Backing up Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

You can perform the following actions from the user-actions menu (Resources icon) on the XClarity Administrator title bar.