What's new in version 2.2.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 2.2.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

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

    • ThinkAgile MX Certified (7Z20)

    • ThinkSystem SR150 (7Y54)

    • ThinkSystem SR158 (7Y55)

    • ThinkSystem SR258 (7Y53)

    • ThinkSystem SR250 (7Y51, 7Y52, 7Y72, 7Y73)

    • ThinkSystem ST250 (7Y45, 7Y46)

    • ThinkSystem ST258 (7Y47)

  • Storage devices

    • ThinkSystem DE2000H Hybrid Flash Array (7Y70, 7Y71)

    • ThinkSystem DE4000F All Flash Array (7Y76, 7Y77)

    • ThinkSystem DE4000H Hybrid Flash Array (7Y74, 7Y75)

    • ThinkSystem DE6000F All Flash Array (7Y79)

    • ThinkSystem DE6000H Hybrid Flash Array (7Y78, 7Y80)

    • ThinkSystem DM3000H Hybrid Flash Array (7Y42)

    • ThinkSystem DM5000F All Flash Array (7Y41)

    • ThinkSystem DM5000H Hybrid Flash Array (7Y57)

    • ThinkSystem DM7000F All Flash Array (7Y40)

    • ThinkSystem DM7000H Hybrid Flash Array (7Y56)

    • ThinkSystem DM9000F NVMe All Flash Array (7Y61)

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 You can customize the hardware resources that are displayed on the dashboard (see Viewing a summary of your hardware status).

You can choose to use a 12–hour or 24–hour clock (see Setting the date and time).

Planning and installation You can install XClarity Administrator on Microsoft® Windows® Server 2019 and Citrix XenServer v7.6 (see Supported host systems).

Port 80 is no longer required for Call Home(see Port availability).

You can use the bulk-import wizard to easily manage a large number of devices in a single process. The wizard validates the input file and identifies errors before you get started, and shows the status of each device during the management process (see Managing systems).

Device and inventory management You can use the bulk-import wizard to easily manage a large number of devices in a single process. The wizard validates the input file and identifies errors before you get started, and shows the status of each device during the management process (see Managing systems and Managing racks).

You can assign a list of role groups to a device during management, including bulk management (see Managing systems, Managing racks,Managing chassis, Managing servers, Managing storage devices, and Managing switches).

All IP addresses for RackSwitch devices are listed in the inventory (see Viewing the details of a switch).

The original time zone for RackSwitch devices is restored when the devices are unmanaged by XClarity Administrator (see Managing switches).

Management using the loopback IP addresses is supported for RackSwitch devices running ENOS (see Managing switches).

You can determine whether remote presence is enable, disabled, or not installed on a server from the Servers page (see Viewing the status of a managed server).

The support contact is listed on the device status pages (see Viewing the status of a managed chassis, Viewing the status of a managed server, Viewing the status of storage devices, Viewing the status of switches).

You can sort the list of racks on the Racks page by rack name, number of devices in the rack, or by severity (see Viewing the status of a managed server).

Backup and restore You can include OS device drivers when backing up, and restoring XClarity Administrator (see Backing up and restoring system data and settings).

You can choose to restart the CNOS switch automatically after the configuration data is restored (see Restoring switch-configuration data).

You can schedule backup and restore actions for switches (see Backing up switch-configuration data and Restoring switch-configuration data).

Resource groups When adding devices to a static group, you can filter the list of devices to show all chassis components (see Creating a static resource group).
Jobs, events, and alerts You can setup event monitors to forward or omit events for health status changes and updates on specific device (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

When setting up event forwarding, you can delete a job from the scheduler summary (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services.

You can set up email event monitors to send emails to the support contact that is assigned for the device when that device generates a specific event (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

You can specify the character encoding to use when forwarding event to an FTP recipient (see Forwarding events to syslog, remote SNMP manager, email, and other event services).

Server configuration For devices without an existing RAID configuration, you can configure enhanced RAID settings on the local boot device during deployment, including RAID adapter, additional RAID types, and additional advanced volume settings (see Defining local storage).

When the port operational mode is vNIC unified fabric protocol mode, you can choose to enable default VLAN ID tagging for each enabled function (see Defining port settings).

When deactivating a server profile, you can choose to reset the profile-configured switch internal port settings to the default value (see Deactivating a server profile).

Firmware updates You can download, import, and apply firmware updates using UpdateXpress System Packs (see Downloading firmware updates).

You can choose to update firmware on servers using prioritized activation, which immediately activates updates on the baseboard management controller and activates all other updates the next time the server is restarted (see Applying and activating firmware updates).

You can choose to install prerequisites during a firmware update operation (see Applying and activating firmware updates with compliance policies and Applying and activating firmware updates without compliance policies).

XClarity Administrator detects the installed firmware version and performs a compliance check for disk drives and solid-state drives that are attached to a MegaRAID or NVMe adapter (see Applying and activating firmware updates).

OS device-driver updates XClarity Administrator can use the Windows Remote Management service (WinRM) listening over HTTP to run device-driver update commands on target Windows systems (see Applying Windows device drivers).

The network is no longer required to be configured with an IPv4 for OS device-driver updates (Configuring network access).

You can update device drivers for Windows Server 2019 (see OS device-driver update considerations).

Operating system deployment You can deploy the following operating systems to managed servers: Windows Server 2019, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server v6.10 and VMware vSphere® Hypervisor (ESXi) with Lenovo Customization v6.7u1 (see Supported operating systems).

The latest out-of-box device drivers for SUSE and RHEL are preloaded in XClarity Administrator (see Importing device drivers).

The network is no longer required to be configured with an IPv4 address for OS deployment (Configuring network access).

The startnet.cmd file that is used to create a custom WinPE boot file is improved (see Creating a boot (WinPE) file).

Custom configuration-settings files, unattend files, post-installation scripts, and software are supported for RHEL (see Importing custom configuration settings, Importing custom unattend files, Importing custom installation scripts, and Importing custom software).

Custom device drivers, post-installation scripts, and software are supported for VMware ESXi (see Importing device drivers, Importing custom installation scripts, and Importing custom software).

The following predefined macros are available for use (see Predefined macros).

  • #predefined.otherSettings.installRepoUrl#. (SLES 15 and later only) URL for the imported package image

  • #predefined.otherSettings.ntpServer#. NTP server that is associated with XClarity Administrator

  • #predefined.otherSettings.timezone#. Time zone that is set for XClarity Administrator (for example, America/New_York)

Security OpenLDAP is supported as an external authentication server (see Setting up an external LDAP authentication server).

You can configure the maximum number of active sessions for a specific user that is allowed at any given time (see Changing the user-account security settings).

You can specify the attribute to use for the group name when setting up an external LDAP authentication server (see Setting up an external LDAP authentication server).

You can customize the Subject Alternative Names (SANs) that are added to the X.509 "subjectAltName" extension when the CSR is generated (see Deploying customized server certificates to Lenovo XClarity Administrator).

Service and support You can export the status of all service ticket to a CSV file (see Viewing service tickets and status).

Port 80 is no longer required for Call Home (see Port availability).

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.