Managing racks

You can use racks in Lenovo XClarity Administrator to group your managed devices to reflect the physical rack setup in your datacenter.

Before you begin

After moving a node from one chassis to another, wait 5 to 10 minutes before attempting to edit the racks in XClarity Administrator that contains the chassis.

When you move a device out of a rack, the rack name and lowest rack unit values are cleared in device inventory. The room and location values are not cleared.

About this task

This procedure describes how to create and populate a single rack with managed devices and fillers interactively.

If you must add many devices to racks, or edit many racks, consider using a spreadsheet to perform a bulk import or implementing a PowerShell script to automate the task. For more information about using the bulk-import, see Managing chassis and Managing servers. For information about PowerShell scripts, see PowerShell (LXCAPSTool) toolkit.

XClarity Administrator recognizes rack properties that are defined in a manageable device. When you manage that device, XClarity Administrator sets the system properties for that device and updates the rack view. If the rack does not exist in XClarity Administrator, a new rack is created and the device is added to the new rack.

  • System x3500 M5 servers, NeXtScale nx360 M5 servers, ThinkServer SD350 servers, and tower servers are not supported in rack view.

  • System x3850 X5 scalable-complex systems, you must add each node (server) to the rack individually.

  • Demo hardware is not persistent in rack views when XClarity Administrator is restarted.


To create and populate racks, complete the following steps.

What to do next

You can change the rack numbering order preference (see Setting inventory preferences).