What's new in version 2.5.0

Lenovo XClarity Administrator management software version 2.5.0 supports new hardware, software enhancements, and fixes.

Additional hardware support

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

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 (7D1X, 7D27, 7Z46)

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 (7Y98, 7Y99)

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 (7Y00, 7Z01)

    • Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670 (7Y36, 7Y37, 7Y38)

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
Installation and updates You can install XClarity Administrator on Red Hat v8.x with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) v2.12.0 installed and VMware-ESXi-6.7 U2 (see Supported host systems).

Management server updates (patches) without payloads that are earlier than the currently installed version are not listed in the table on the Management Server Update page. Patches with payloads that are earlier than the currently installed version are listed in the table with an applied status of "Not applicable" and cannot be applied to the management server (see Updating the XClarity Administrator management server).

All repository packs and license enablement updates (with or without payloads) are listed in the table on the Management Server Update page (see Updating the XClarity Administrator management server).

You can filter the management-server update packages by type and age (see Updating the XClarity Administrator management server).

Jobs, events, and alerts The term "remote event recipient" changed to ""event forwarder"" in the user interface and throughout this documentation (see Forwarding events).

You can specify the format of the email subject when forwarding events to email (see Setting up event forwarding to an email service using SMTP).

Activity flows are disabled by default (see Viewing relationships between jobs and events).

Device and inventory management You can create 6U, 12U, and 18U racks (see Managing racks).
Remote control Adopt OpenJDK 8 with the IcedTea-Web v1.8 plugin is supported as the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that is needed for remote control on some managed devices (see Using remote control to manage ThinkServer and NeXtScale sd350 M5 servers and Using remote control to manage Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x servers).
Server configuration

You can perform a secure erase without passphrase (see Configuring memory).

You can see the number of servers for which server configuration compliance is unknown from the dashboard (see Viewing a summary of your provisioning status).

You can choose the volume size when configuring RAID adapters (see Defining local storage).

Switch configuration The switch configuration deployment history includes the deployment status (see Viewing switch-configuration deployment history).

You can view information about each deployed template, including what was deployed and what succeeded or failed from the deployment history page (see Viewing switch-configuration deployment history).

You can view switch-configuration deployment information for a specific switch from the switch details page (see Viewing the details of a switch).

You can delete multiple port channel IDs using a Delete Port Channel template (see Deleting port channels).

You can delete multiple VLAN IDs using a Delete VLAN template (see Deleting VLANs).

Firmware and device driver updates If credentials are not associated with a server, you are prompted to select or specify the stored credentials during the device-driver update process (see Applying Windows device drivers).

On the Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate page, you can hide devices that do not support delayed activations (see Applying and activating firmware updates with compliance policies and Applying and activating firmware updates without compliance policies).

Operating system deployment You can deploy the following operating systems to managed servers (see Supported operating systems).
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 8

All existing and future minor versions are supported, unless otherwise noted, for RHEL 7 and 8, SLES 12 and 15, and ESXi 6, 6.5 and 6.7 (see Supported operating systems).

Deployment settings are saved for each operating system. You can view information about a deployed operating system by hovering over a server name on the Manage OS Access page (see Deploying an operating-system image).

Service and support When configuring service forwarders, you can select resource groups for which you want this service forwarder to forward service files (see Setting up automatic problem notification).

When configuring Call Home, you can specify the default Lenovo customer number to use when reporting problems with XClarity Administrator and the preferred method of contact from Lenovo Support (see Setting up automatic problem notification to Lenovo Support (Call Home)).

When reporting an issue with XClarity Administrator, you can optionally specify when the issue occurred, information about any changes made to the environment, whether the issue is recurring, and whether the issue is reproducible (see Reporting XClarity Administrator problems).

When reporting an issue with XClarity Administrator, summary information on the main dashboard is collected as part of the service data that is sent to the Lenovo Support Center (see Reporting XClarity Administrator problems).

You can attach a note to an open service ticket in the Lenovo Support Center (see Viewing service tickets and status).

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.