What's new in version 1.3.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 1.3.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

This version supports the following new hardware:
  • Switches

    • RackSwitch G8332 (CNOS)

    • RackSwitch NE1032

    • RackSwitch NE1032T

    • RackSwitch NE1072T

    • RackSwitch NE10032

  • Storage devices

    • Lenovo Storage DX8200D (5135)

    • ​Lenovo ThinkSystem DS2200 (4599)

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem DS4200 (4617)

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem DS6200 (4619)

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

This version supports the following enhancements to the management software.
Function Description
Terminology In an effort to make terminology consistent among all Lenovo products, the following terms are changed for XClarity Administrator and Lenovo XClarity Mobile app (see Glossary).
  • adapter replaces controller.

  • baseboard management controller (BMC) or management controller is used as a generic term for "IMM," "TSM,." and "XCC.".

  • device replaces endpoint and system.

  • disk drive replaces hard disk drive and hard drive

  • storage controller replaces storage canister for Flex System storage nodes.

  • storage device replaces storage system and storage node

The following power actions have changed (see Restarting a CMM, Powering on and off a server, Powering on and off a storage device, Powering on and off a switch).

  • Power On powers on the device.

  • Power Off Normally shuts down the operating system and powers off the device.

  • Power Off Immediately powers off the device.

  • Restart Normally shuts down the operating system and restarts the device.

  • Restart Immediately restarts the device

  • Restart to System Setup restarts the device to BIOS/UEFI (F1) Setup. This is supported for only Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x servers that are supported without limitations.

  • Restart Management Controller restarts the BMC.

The following service action has also changed (see Powering on and off a server).

  • Trigger NMI restarts the device with non-maskable interrupt (NMI).

Installation and setup You can install XClarity Administrator on and VMware ESXi 6.5 and Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) (see Supported host systems and Installing Lenovo XClarity Administrator in a Nutanix AHV environment).
Administration When configuring the NTP server, you can set the authentication key and index for M-MD5 or SHA1 or both (see Setting the date and time).
Security You can individually choose the minimum TLS version for the client, server, and operating-system deployment (see Configuring cryptography settings).
Device management When managing a device, you can specify a fully-qualified domain name instead of an IP address or hostname (see Managing chassis, Managing servers, Managing storage devices, and Managing switches).

The management server can automatically discover Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x devices in networks when multicast protocol is not allowed (see Managing chassis and Managing servers).

XClarity Administrator supports 46U, 48U, 50U, and 52U rack heights.

Monitoring events and alerts Event IDs are in a common format for easier analysis.

You can create up to four remote-event recipients that use the syslog protocol (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

You can allow or prevent excluded alerts from influencing the health status of managed devices (see Excluding alerts).

You can change the format of the timestamp in the syslog (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

You can download the MIB file from the web interface (see lenovoMgrAlert.mib file).

Operating system deployment You can deploy the following operating systems to managed servers (see Supported operating systems):
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 6.9 and 7.3

  • VMware vSphere® Hypervisor (ESXi) with Lenovo Customization 6.0u3 and 6.5

You can configure a remote file server to use when importing files into the OS images repository and exporting customized OS-image profiles (see Configuring a remote file server).

You can import device drivers and boot files into the OS images repository (see Importing device drivers and Importing boot files).

You can create customized OS image profiles by adding device drivers or boot files to a base operating system (see Creating a custom OS-image profile).

You can import customized OS image profiles into XClarity Administrator and export customized OS image profiles to a local system or remote file server (see Importing a customized OS image profile).

You can use static IPv6 addresses when assigning IP addresses for deployed operating systems (see Configuring global OS-deployment settings).

Configuring servers Simplified the predefined Extended UEFI patterns that are available (see Defining extended UEFI settings).
Firmware updates You can export firmware and compliance information for each managed device from the Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate page (see Applying and activating firmware updates with compliance policies and Applying and activating firmware updates without compliance policies).
Service and support You can enable or disable these warranty URLs from the XClarity Administrator web interface (see Viewing warranty information).

You can transfer files directly to a Lenovo Support representative using the Lenovo upload facility (see Setting up automatic problem notification to the Lenovo Upload Facility and Transferring service files to Lenovo Support).

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.