What's new in version 2.1.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 2.1.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

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

    • ThinkAgile HX1220 (7Z06)

    • ThinkAgile HX1221 Certified (7Z07)

    • ThinkAgile HX1321 Certified (7Y89,7Z04)

    • ThinkAgile HX1521-R Certified (7Y90,7Z05)

    • ThinkAgile HX3321 Certified (7Y89,7Z04)

    • ThinkAgile HX3521-G (7Y90,7Z05)

    • ThinkAgile HX3721 Certified (7Y88,7Z03)

    • ThinkAgile HX5521 Certified (7Y90,7Z05)

    • ThinkAgile HX5521-C Certified (7Y90,7Z05)

    • ThinkAgile HX7321-N Certified (7Y89,7Z04)

    • ThinkAgile HX7521 Certified (7Y90,7Z05)

    • ThinkAgile HX7521-N Certified (7Y90,7Z05)

    • ThinkAgile HX7721-N Certified (7Y88,7Z03)

    • ThinkAgile HX7820 (7Y95,7Z08)

    • ThinkAgile HX7821 (7Y96,7Z09)

    • ThinkAgile SXM4200 (7Y34)

    • ThinkAgile SXM4400 (7Y34)

    • ThinkAgile SXM6200 (7Y34)

    • ThinkAgile SXM6400 (7Y34)

    • ThinkAgile VX 1U Certified (7Y93)

    • ThinkAgile VX 2U Certified (7Y94)

    • ThinkAgile VX 2U4N Certified (7Y92)

    • ThinkAgile VX2320 (7Y93)

    • ThinkAgile VX3320 (7Y93)

    • ThinkAgile VX3520-G (7Y94)

    • ThinkAgile VX3720 (7Y92)

    • ThinkAgile VX3720-N (7Y93)

    • ThinkAgile VX5520 (7Y94)

    • ThinkAgile VX7520 (7Y94)

    • ThinkSystem SD650 (7X58)

  • Switches

    • ThinkSystem Flex Switch NE2552E

    • Lenovo EN4091 10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Through Module

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
Planning and installation You can install XClarity Administrator on Microsoft® Windows® Server v1709 and v1803, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server v7.5, and VMware ESXi 6.5 U1, 6.5 U2, and 6.7(see Supported host systems).

Additional ports must be open for forwarding events to an FTP server (see Port availability).

You can use eth1 or eth0 network interface to perform XClarity Administrator functions, including downloading service data, performing Call Home, and acquiring firmware updates (see Network configurations).

You can configure the license-warning period (seeInstalling the full-function enablement license).

Administration You can monitor trends in provisioning status (see Monitoring trends in provisioning status).
Note: In this release, XClarity Administrator is not showing accurate trend data. This issue will be fixed in a follow-on update.
Backup and restore Steps for backing up XClarity Administrator are simplified (see Backing up Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

You can mount a remote share over SSH File System (SSHFS) and use the remote share to remotely store XClarity Administrator backups (see Managing remote shares and Managing disk space).

You can save an XClarity Administrator backup on a remote share instead of the local repository (see Backing up Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

You can schedule a backup to run at a specific time (see Backing up Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

You can initiate an XClarity Administrator backup when jobs are running; however, the jobs will be interrupted during the backup process (see Backing up Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

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

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

For rack switches, you must specify stored credentials for authentication. Manual credentials are no longer supported (see Managing switches). Ensure that you create the stored credentials in XClarity Administrator before you manage rack switches

You can manage RackSwitches using one of the data ports (see Switch management considerations).

During switch management, you can choose whether to replace the NTP configuration on the switch with the NTP configuration and time zone settings that are defined for XClarity Administrator (see Managing switches).

During switch management, you can choose whether to enable HTTPS on the switch (see Managing switches).

You can view operating system information for a server from the server details page (see Viewing the details of a managed server).

You can view the amount of life that remains for a solid-state drive (SSD) in the device inventory (see Viewing the details of a managed server).

You can view operating-system information and modify credentials for the operating system that is installed on a specific server (see Managing access to operating-systems on managed servers).

You can boot servers to a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) network (see Powering on and off a server).

Server configuration You can customize server-profile names when creating the server pattern by choosing elements to include in the naming schema (see Creating a server pattern).

When defining a local storage pattern, you can create more than one volume for different drive types (see Defining local storage).

Firmware updates You can reimport and reapply repository packs that were deleted from the firmware-updates repository (see Applying and activating firmware updates).

You can cancel a firmware update when the update process is performing a task other than actually applying the update, such as changing to maintenance mode or restarting the device (see Applying and activating firmware updates).

When creating compliance policies, you can choose to change all subcomponents in a target server to "Do not update" (see Creating firmware-compliance policies).

An alert is generated when firmware is out of compliance on a device. You can choose to show or hide alerts for devices that do not meet the requirements of their assigned firmware-compliance policies (see Configuring global firmware-update settings and Creating firmware-compliance policies). Alerts are hidden by default.

OS device-driver updates Using windows UpdateXpress System Packs (UXSPs), you can update OS device drivers on deployed Windows operating systems (see Updating Windows device drivers on managed servers).
Operating system deployment You can deploy the following operating systems to managed servers: Microsoft® Windows® Server v1709 and v1803, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 7.5, and VMware vSphere® Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5u2 and 6.7 (see Supported operating systems).

Windows boot (WinPE) files are no longer included in XClarity Administrator. You must manually import a predefined or custom WinPE boot file to deploy the Windows operating system (see Importing boot files).

Custom configuration-settings and unattend files are supported for VMware ESXi ESXi 6.0u3 and later updates and 6.5 and later (see Importing custom configuration settings and Importing custom unattend files).

You can import bundle files that contain a predefined WinPE boot file and device-drivers for each Windows release. Only bundle files that are released and signed by Lenovo are supported. (See Importing device drivers and Importing boot files).

You can include predefined and custom macros in post-installations scripts (see Adding custom status reporting to installation scripts).

OS deployment is no longer supported on IBM Flex System servers (see Supported devices).

Managing jobs, events, and alerts You can view relationships between actions, alerts, and events using flow diagrams (see Viewing relationships between jobs and events).

You can export information about jobs and job schedules in CSV format (see Monitoring jobs and Scheduling jobs).

You can change the status of a failed job and notes to the job (see Adding a resolution and comments to a job).

The Event Log and Audit Log pages include the Source column that links to the source of the event, for example, if the event was generated by a job, the link takes you to the job details page for that job (see Monitoring events in the event log and Monitoring events in the audit log).

You can choose to forward events that were raised by specific groups (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

You can forward events to an FTP server (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

You can exclude events from being forwarded to a remote recipient (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

The event and audit logs can each contain up to 50,000 entries (see Monitoring events in the event log and Monitoring events in the audit log).

Events that are generated by XClarity Administrator when an unrecoverable event was missed from a device now include the device type, model and serial number.

You can clear all events in the events log (see Monitoring events in the event log).

You can set threshold preferences for raising an alert and event when a certain value, such as the life of an SSD in a ThinkSystem or ThinkServer server, exceeds a warning or critical level (see Setting threshold preferences for generating alerts and events).

Alerts are generated when XClarity Administrator cannot connect to a managed device (see Viewing active alerts).

Service and support You can manually collect service data and logs for the management server and include service data for specific devices in the archive (see Collecting and downloading Lenovo XClarity Administrator service files).

You can run up to 20 device service-data collection processes at a time (see (see Collecting and downloading service data for a device).

View problem records (PMRs) that were generated by a support service other than Call Home (see Viewing service tickets and status).

You can download management-server log-configuration settings (logback.xml) to the local system (see Configuring management-server log settings).

You can collect service data for an unrecoverable XClarity Administrator virtual appliance using the service-recovery password (see Collecting and downloading service files for an unresponsive Lenovo XClarity Administrator and Changing the service-recovery password).

PowerShell toolkit For information about new and updated PowerShell cmdlets, see Summary of changes in the PowerShell toolkit.
PyLXCA command-line interface 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.