What's new in version 1.1.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 1.1.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

Version 1.1.0 supports the following new hardware:
  • Servers

    • System x3550 M5, Type 8869
    • System x3650 M5, Type 8871
    • ThinkServer RD350
    • ThinkServer RD450
    • ThinkServer RD550
    • ThinkServer RD650
    • ThinkServer TD350
  • Switches

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G7028

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G7052

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8052

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8124E

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8264

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8264CS

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8264CS SIF

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8272

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8296

    • Lenovo RackSwitch G8332

    • IBM RackSwitch G8052

    • IBM RackSwitch G8264

For support and limitations information for manageable devices (such as servers, switches, storage, and CMMs) and other I/O devices and options, see the following compatibility pages for each device type:

Fixes

Refer to the change history file (*.chg) that is provided in the update package for information about fixes.

Software enhancements

Version 1.1.0 supports the following enhancements to the management software.
Function Description
Management server You can access the XClarity Administrator user interface using the Microsoft Edge browser (see Supported web browsers).
90-day trial license XClarity Administrator offers a free, 90-day trial license that enables you to use all available features (including operating-system deployment, firmware maintenance, and configuration management) for a limited time (see Free 90-day trial).
Dashboard You can view usage information for system resources in the XClarity Administrator Activity section (see Viewing a summary of Lenovo XClarity Administrator activity).

You can click the status icons in the Hardware Status section to view information about only devices of that type and status (see Viewing a summary of your hardware status).

Device management You can manage RackSwitch switches and perform managed tasks on those switches, such as viewing status and inventory, restarting the switch, and launching the management interface (see Managing switches).

You can manage ThinkServer servers and perform management tasks on those servers, such as viewing status and inventory, powering on and off the server, and launching the management interface. Configuration using server patterns and firmware updates is not supported (see Managing servers).

You can force XClarity Administrator to manage devices that are currently managed by another management server (such as another XClarity Administrator instance or Flex System Manager) or were not unmanaged correctly (see Managing servers, Managing chassis, and Managing switches).

From the device-list views, you can show or hide devices with a specific status using new status icons in the toolbar (see Viewing the details of a managed server, Viewing the details of a managed chassis, Viewing the status of switches, and Viewing the status of storage devices).

Rack view support 25U racks.

Inventory details Additional information is available about PCI devices, network device, ports, and firmware levels (see Viewing the details of a managed server).

When you export inventory data for a specific device, all detailed inventory information is exported to the CSV file. You can export inventory data from the device-list views (see Viewing the details of a managed server, Viewing the details of a managed chassis, Viewing the status of switches, and Viewing the status of storage devices).

Configuration patterns You can import and export configuration patterns from the user interface (see Exporting and importing server and category patterns).

When configuring local storage options in a server pattern, an SD card is a supported drive type when you specify storage configurations (see Defining local storage).

When configuring I/O adapter options in a server pattern, you are presented with a list of I/O adapters that are currently installed in the managed servers (see Defining I/O adapters).

When deploying a server pattern that includes local-storage configurations, you are presented with a list of managed servers that do not meet the RAID configuration prerequisites and a detailed message that describes the unmet prerequisites (see Deploying a server pattern to a server).

Configuration limitations have been eliminated for some I/O adapter (see the XClarity Administrator Support – Compatibility webpage).

Operating-system deployment You can deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4 and 12 operating systems to managed servers (see Supported operating systems).

You can specify a VLAN ID for operating-system VLAN tagging when a VLAN tag is required to function on the network (see Configuring global OS-deployment settings and Configuring network settings for managed servers).

Firmware updates While the firmware update is in progress, the target server is locked so that other management tasks cannot be initiated on that server until the process is complete (see Applying and activating firmware updates).

Firmware updates are run on server components only when the component hardware is present (see Applying and activating firmware updates).

When a device is initially managed by XClarity Administrator, the last edited firmware-compliance policy is assigned to the device.

Management server updates Audit log entries are generated when XClarity Administrator management server updates (including license enablement, fix packs, and supplemental packs) are imported, applied, and deleted (see Monitoring events in the audit log).
Events RAID events that are collected by the baseboard management controller are displayed in XClarity Administrator, and recommended recovery actions are provided to resolve the event (see Monitoring events in the event log).

You can choose to have events forwarded only during a specified time slot (see Forwarding events).

When forwarding events using e-mail, you can specify a domain to use as the e-mail sender. Additional information is included in the body of e-mail to identify the source of the event, including the system name, IP address, type/model, and serial number (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

VMware Tools The VMware Tools package is installed in the virtual machine’s guest operating system when you install Lenovo XClarity Administrator in VMware ESXi-based environments. This package provides a subset of the VMware tools that support optimized virtual-appliance backup and migration while preserving application state and continuity. (see Using VMware Tools).
Security Two new role groups have been added: lxc-fw-admin and lxc-os-admin (see Creating a custom role group).

You can assign users to a role group from the Role Groups page (see Adding and removing multiple users from a role group).

You can configure XClarity Administrator to use an identity provider that supports multi-factor authentication and single sign-on as an external authentication server.

When you manage Lenovo chassis and servers in XClarity Administrator, you can configure XClarity Administrator to change the devices firewall rules so that incoming requests are accepted only fromXClarity Administrator. This is referred to as encapsulation. You can also enable or disable encapsulation on chassis and servers that are already managed by XClarity Administrator (see Managing chassis and Managing servers).

Service and support You can view warranty information for each managed device (see Viewing warranty information).

The default proxy that is configured for network access is used for call home communication (see Configuring network access and Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home)).

You can automatically send diagnostic files for a specified set of managed devices to your preferred service provider using call home or SFTP when a serviceable event occurs on one or more specific devices or on all devices. You can define and enable up to 10 different service providers, including Lenovo Support through call home (see Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home)).

Call home complies with the NIST SP 800-131A.

You can optionally choose to require an inspection of diagnostic files before they are forwarded to the service provider. You can also optionally choose to notify someone when there are diagnostic files that require inspection (see Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home) and Transferring service files to Lenovo Support).

You can download multiple XClarity Administrator diagnostic files at one time (see Collecting and downloading Lenovo XClarity Administrator service files).

You can attach diagnostic files for specific devices to an active problem record (see Attaching a service file to an open service ticket).

You can delete device diagnostic files (see Collecting and downloading service data for a device).

You can cancel long-running service and support jobs, such as collecting XClarity Administrator diagnostic data (see Monitoring jobs).

PowerShell toolkit You can download the PowerShell toolkit from the XClarity Administrator web interface.

For information about new and updated PowerShell cmdlets, see Summary of changes in the PowerShell toolkit.

REST APIs For information about new and updated REST APIs, see Summary of changes in the REST API.