Using another management software in tandem with Lenovo XClarity Administrator

You can use other management software (such as IBM device Manager or Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager) in tandem with Lenovo XClarity Administrator to monitor devices that XClarity Administrator manages.

Attention: Extra care must be taken when using multiple management tools to manage your devices to prevent unforeseen conflicts. For example, submitting power-state changes using another tool might conflict with configuration or update jobs that are running in XClarity Administrator.

Flex System devices

If you intend to use another management software to monitor your managed devices, and if that management software uses SNMPv3 or IPMI communication, you must prepare your environment by performing the following steps for each managed CMM:

  1. Log in to the management controller web interface for the chassis using the RECOVERY_ID user name and password.

  2. If the security policy is set to Secure, change the user authentication method.

    1. Click Mgt Module Management > User Accounts.

    2. Click the Accounts tab.

    3. Click Global login settings.

    4. Click the General tab.

    5. Select External first, then local authentication for the user authentication method.

    6. Click OK.

  3. Create a new local user with the correct SNMP or IPMI settings from the management controller web interface.

  4. If the security policy is set to Secure, log out and then log in to the management controller web interface using the new user name and password. When prompted, change the password for the new user.

You can now use the new user as an active SNMP or IPMI user.

Note: If you unmanage and then manage the chassis again, this new user account becomes locked and disabled. In this case, repeat these steps to create a new user account.

ThinkSystem, ThinkServer and System x devices

If you intend to use another management software to monitor your managed devices, create a new local user with the correct SNMP or IPMI settings from the IMM interface. Ensure that you grant SNMP or IPMI privileges, depending on the your needs.