What's new in version 1.2.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 1.2.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

Version 1.2.0 supports the following new hardware:
  • Servers and appliances

    • Converged HX1310 Type 8693

    • Converged HX2310-E Type 8693

    • Converged HX2710-E Type 8689

    • Converged HX3310-F Type 8693

    • Converged HX3510-G Type 8695

    • Converged HX3710 Type 8689

    • Converged HX3710-F Type 8689

    • Converged HX5510-C Type 8695

    • System x3100 M5 Type 5457

    • System x3250 M4 Type 2583

  • Storage solutions

    • DX8200C, Type 5120

    • DX8200N, Type 5128

  • Storage devices

    • Storage S2200

    • Storage S3200

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 1.2.0 supports the following enhancements to the management software.
Function Description
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. After 90 days, you can continue to use XClarity Administrator to manage and monitor your hardware for free; however, you must purchase a license to configure your hardware using Configuration Patterns and to deploy operating systems (see Free 90-day trial).
Installation and setup You can specify IPv6 addresses in the configuration file when setting up XClarity Administrator (see Step 6. Install and configure the Lenovo XClarity Administrator virtual appliance and Step 6: Setup the Lenovo XClarity Administrator virtual appliance (Hyper-V)).
Network configuration You can test the network configuration and proxy settings (see Configuring network access).
Server management You can launch a remote control session for ThinkServer servers (see Using remote control to manage ThinkServer and NeXtScale sd350 M5 servers).

You can manage a ThinkServer server using bulk import (see Managing servers).

Storage management You can manage Lenovo Storage devices and perform management tasks on those nodes, such as viewing status and inventory, powering on and off the nodes, updating firmware, and launching the management interface (see Managing storage devices).

You can collect service data for Lenovo Storage devices (see Collecting and downloading service data for a device).

You can set up service forwarders (including Call Home) and manually open service tickets for Lenovo Storage devices (see Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home) and Submitting a service request for hardware issues to the Lenovo Support Center).

Switch management You can manage a RackSwitch switches using bulk import (see Managing switches).

You can configure UFP and vNIC ports on RackSwitch switches using Configuration Patterns (see Defining port settings).

You can update firmware on RackSwitch switches (see Updating firmware on managed devices)

You can collect service data for RackSwitch switches (see Collecting and downloading service data for a device).

You can set up service forwarders (including Call Home) and manually open service tickets for RackSwitch switches (see Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home) and Submitting a service request for hardware issues to the Lenovo Support Center).

View port information for Flex System switches (see Viewing the details of a switch).

Launch an SSH session to a RackSwitch or Flex System switch (see Launching a remote SSH session for a switch).

Jobs The jobs are completed faster with improved performance.

You can cancel and delete certain subtasks (see Monitoring jobs).

The number of jobs that are displayed on the Jobs page is limited to 10 jobs by default. You can choose to display 25, 50 or all jobs (see Monitoring jobs).

Events You can forward monitored events to a web-based email service, such as Gmail or Hotmail (see Forwarding events).

You can forward monitored events to a remote SNMP manager using SNMPv1 (see Forwarding events).

The audit log is increased to hold up to 5,000 records (see Monitoring events in the audit log).

The event log is increased to hold up to 5,000 records (see Monitoring events in the event log).

Server configuration You can force the deactivation of a server profile when XClarity Administrator cannot communicate with the baseboard management controller (see Deactivating a server profile).

When deactivating a server profile, you can choose to reset only the management controller IP address and hostname that have been assigned in the Configuration Pattern without affecting other management controller settings (see Deactivating a server profile).

For Server Patterns, the internal switch-port configuration aspect of a port pattern can be deployed to System x servers that are connected to a Lenovo RackSwitch G8264, G8272, or G8296 model.

Operating system deployment You can deploy Windows 2016 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server v6.8 operating systems to managed servers (see Supported operating systems).

You can deploy operating systems to a local disk drive on ThinkServer servers (see Choosing the storage location for managed servers).

You can deploy operating systems on System x3250 M6 servers that are running VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) (see Deploying an operating-system image).

You can specify AUTO to detect automatically the MAC address of the first Ethernet port that can be configured and used for deployment (see Configuring network settings for managed servers).

You can add device drivers to a Linux operating system that exists in the OS images repository (see Customizing OS-image profiles).

Firmware updates You can identify the number of devices that are out of firmware compliance from the Dashboard (see Viewing a summary of your provisioning status).

You can update firmware on RackSwitch switches, Lenovo Storage systems, and scalable complexes that are configured with multiple partitions (see Updating firmware on managed devices).

You can export updates that exist in the firmware-updates repository (see Managing the firmware-updates repository).

When importing and applying management-server updates, a job is now created that you can use to monitor the status of the operation (see Updating the XClarity Administrator management server).

You can apply and activate firmware updates on a device without using a compliance policy (see Applying and activating firmware updates without compliance policies).

You can export and import firmware-compliance policies that exist in the firmware-updates repository (see Creating firmware-compliance policies).

You can delete firmware-compliance policies and all associated firmware updates that are used only by those policies (see Creating firmware-compliance policies).

You can delete pre-defined firmware-compliance policies (see Creating firmware-compliance policies).

Management server updates After a firmware-update repository pack or management-server update is installed, the installation files are removed from the repository.
User management You can view detailed information about user sessions, including login time, session duration, and idle duration (see Monitoring active users)

A supervisor or security administrator can log off an active user session (see Logging off an active user).

You can use your Active Directory login credentials, rather than a separate client DN, to bind to the configured LDAP authentication servers. To use this binding method, the management controller in each server must be running firmware from September 2016 or later. (See Setting up an external LDAP authentication server).

You can choose an authentication method that provides a fallback in case of error. When the primary method fails, XClarity Administrator can switch from local user authentication to external server authentication, or vice versa (see Setting up an external LDAP authentication server).

You can specify custom LDAP search attributes to support different LDAP authentication server configurations (see Setting up an external LDAP authentication server).

The lxc-recovery role can be used to authenticate directly to XClarity Administrator even if the authentication method is set to an external LDAP (see Creating a custom role group).

Security When you regenerate or import CA certificates, the certificates are provisioned to all managed devices (see Working with security certificates).

You can resume importing a server certificate.

The Lenovo Trusted Certificates trust store has been renamed to External Services Certificates, and additional certificates were added to support mobile push notifications (see Working with security certificates)

Service and support Call Home is supported for ThinkServer servers, RackSwitch switches, and Lenovo Storage devices (see Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home)).

You can collect service data for RackSwitch switches and Lenovo Storage devices (see Collecting and downloading service data for a device).

You can view warranty information for Lenovo Storage devices and extended warranties are now taken into account for the warranty expiration of all managed devices (see Viewing warranty information).

For stacked switches, you can collect and download diagnostic data for the master switch and standby switches that have IP addresses that are accessible by XClarity Administrator (see Collecting and downloading service data for a device).

PowerShell toolkit For information about new and updated PowerShell cmdlets, see Summary of changes in the PowerShell toolkit.
PyLXCA toolkit For information about new and updated PyLXCA commands, see Summary of changes in the Python (PyLXCA) toolkit.
REST API For information about new and updated REST APIs, see Summary of changes in the REST API.