What's new in version 2.0.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 2.0.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

No new hardware is supported in this version.
Note: Nimble storage devices are no longer supported by Lenovo XClarity Administrator v2.0.0 and later.
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 on the XClarity Administrator download webpage for information about fixes.

Software enhancements

This version supports the following enhancements to the management software.
Function Description
Planning and installation XClarity Administrator supports an increase in the number of devices that can be managed. For more information, see the XClarity Administrator: Performance Guide (White paper).

A minimum of 192 GB of storage is required for use by the XClarity Administrator virtual appliance (see Supported host systems).

Additional ports must be open for forwarding events to the REST Web Service and Microsoft®Azure Log Analytics interfaces (see Port availability).

Administration You can backup and restore XClarity Administrator data and settings and migrate data from XClarity Administrator v1.x.x to v2.0.0 (see Backing up and restoring system data and settings).
Job management The Jobs page changed to include Job Status and Scheduled Jobs tabs. The interface for viewing Job summaries is also improved. (see Working with jobs).

You can schedule jobs to run only one time (immediately or at later time), on a reoccurring basis, or when a specific event occurs (see Scheduling jobs).

Device and inventory management You can create logical groups of resources (devices) that can be viewed and acted up as a set (see Managing resource groups).

You can enable or disable checking for duplicate IP addresses in the same subnet (see Configuring network access). When enabled, XClarity Administrator raises an alert if you attempt to manage a device that has the same IP address as another device that is under management or another device found in the same subnet.

Server configuration You can determine whether the settings on a server are in compliance with the server profile (see Working with server profiles).

You can see the number of servers that are in and out of compliance with their server profiles from the dash board (see Viewing a summary of your environment).

You can reset the local storage adapters for multiple servers at the same time (see Resetting storage adapters to default values).

Operating system deployment You can import up to 10 operating-system images (see Importing operating-system images).

You can customize an operating-system image by adding custom configuration settings, unattend files, installation scripts, and software into the OS-images repository and then adding the custom files to an operating-system profile (see Customizing OS-image profiles).

XClarity Administrator automatically checks for duplicate IP addresses that are specified on the Network Settings page if static IPv4 addresses are used.

Firmware updates You can delete a firmware-compliance policy that is assigned to a device (see Creating firmware-compliance policies).

From the Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate page, you can filter devices for which updates are not supported (see Applying and activating firmware updates with compliance policies and Applying and activating firmware updates without compliance policies).

From the dashboard page, you can see the number of devices for which updates are not supported (see Viewing a summary of your environment).

Monitoring events and alerts You can create and enable up to 20 remote event recipients to receive events. There is no longer a limit for the number of event recipients that use the syslog protocol (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

HTML tagging is no longer returned in hardware and audit events, and alerts (see Working with alerts and Working with events).

You can forward events to a REST Web Service and Microsoft Azure Log Analytics (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

Security You can restrict a user's access to a subset of managed devices (see Managing access to devices).

When changing cryptographic settings, you can choose to apply the settings to the management server only, to the managed devices only, or both (see Configuring cryptography settings).

Added the lxc-service-admin role group (see Creating a custom role group).

Service and support Actions on the Service and Support page are displayed in a left-hand navigation (see Working with service and support).

You can define support contacts for multiple devices at one time (see Defining the support contacts for specific devices).

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.
Ruby toolkit A Ruby toolkit is supported to automate resource management from an OpenStack environment, such as Chef, or Puppet. The Ruby toolkit provides an interface to XClarity Administrator REST APIs to automate functions (see Lenovo XClarity Administrator Ruby toolkit).
REST API For information about new and updated REST APIs, see Summary of changes in the REST API.