What's new in version 1.4.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 1.4.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

This version supports the following new hardware:
  • Servers and appliances

    • ThinkAgile HX1320 (7X83)

    • ThinkAgile HX1520-R (7X84)

    • ThinkAgile HX2320-E (7X83)

    • ThinkAgile HX2520-R (7X84)

    • ThinkAgile HX2720-E (7X82)

    • ThinkAgile HX3320 (7X83)

    • ThinkAgile HX3520-G (7X82)

    • ThinkAgile HX3720 (7X82)

    • ThinkAgile HX5520 (7X84)

    • ThinkAgile HX5520-C (7X84)

    • ThinkAgile HX7520 (7X84)

    • ThinkAgile VX3320 (7Y13)

    • ThinkAgile VX5520 (7Y14)

    • ThinkAgile VX7520 (7Y14)

    • ThinkSystem SR570 (7Y02, 7Y03)

    • ThinkSystem SR590 (7X98, 7X99)

    • ThinkSystem SR860 (7X69, 7X70)

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
General The user and help menus are now combined into a single actions menu (see Logging in to Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

You can submit ideas to Lenovo from the user action menu on the XClarity Administrator title bar (see Logging in to Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

Installation and setup You can configure service and support settings during the initial setup, including usage data, Lenovo Support (Call Home), Lenovo Upload Facility, and product warranty (see Configuring service and support).

You can choose to allow XClarity Administrator to collect and send anonymous information about how you use the product to Lenovo (see Configuring service and support).

Device and inventory management You can choose the property to use to display the device name in the XClarity Administrator user interface (see Setting inventory preferences).

You can backup and restore configuration data for RackSwitch and Flex System switches (see Backing up switch-configuration data and Restoring switch-configuration data).

You can export and import switch-configuration files for RackSwitch and Flex System switches (see Exporting and importing switch-configuration files).

You can enable and disable switch ports for RackSwitch and Flex System switches (see Enabling and disabling switch ports).

You can resolve untrusted certificates for RackSwitch devices with invalid SSL/TSL certificates (see Resolving an untrusted server certificate).

For most devices, the system name can be up to 256 English characters (see Defining system-information settings and Modifying the system properties for a server).

Monitoring events and alerts You can view a summary of all event forwarding schedules (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

You can filter the events log by component (see Monitoring events in the event log).

You can prevent serviceable events that are in the list of excluded events from automatically opening problem reports (see Excluding events).

A job summary and a description and user actions for each job and subtask have been added to the jobs log (see Monitoring jobs).

Operating system deployment You can deploy the following operating systems to managed servers (see Supported operating systems):
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 7.4

  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP3

  • VMware vSphere® Hypervisor (ESXi) with Lenovo Customization 6.5u1

Support is added for ThinkSystem deployments of SLES 11 SP4 and 12 SP2 using a kISO image (see Supported operating systems).

A new column is added to the Manage OS Images page to identity OS-profile attributes (see Operating-system image profiles).

OS images are automatically filtered out if they are not supported on a given hardware platform. (see Deploying an operating-system image).

Remote control You can use the remote control feature to restart a Lenovo Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, or System x server to BIOS/UEFI (F1) Setup (see Powering on and off a server from a remote control session).
Firmware updates You can display firmware updates that are older than 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months (see Managing the firmware-updates repository).
Management server updates You can view the update history for a specific management-server update that has been applied (see Updating the XClarity Administrator management server).
Security When using an external Active Directory authentication server, you can choose to enable or disable the functionality that treats domain controllers as global-catalog servers (see Setting up an external LDAP authentication server).

The term "centralized user management" changed to "managed authentication." (see Managing the authentication server).

You can choose to enable or disable XClarity Administrator managed authentication when managing a device (see Managing chassis and Managing servers). When managed authentication is disabled, local authentication is used.

If you choose to manage devices using local authentication, an active user account on the device or in Active Directory is used to authenticate managed devices. You must define the user account in XClarity Administrator as a stored credential (see Managing stored credentials).

Service and support You can specify a description when you manually open a problem record with the Lenovo Support Center (see Submitting a service request for hardware issues to the Lenovo Support Center).

Service files that are collected for XClarity Administrator and managed devices are now saved using unique file names (see Collecting and downloading Lenovo XClarity Administrator service files and 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.
REST API For information about new and updated REST APIs, see Summary of changes in the REST API.