Using remote control to manage Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x servers

From the Lenovo XClarity Administrator web interface, you can open a remote-control session to manage Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x servers as if you were at a local console.

Before you begin

About this task

You can start multiple remote-control sessions from Lenovo XClarity Administrator. Each session can manage multiple servers.

To open a remote-control session to a server, the server must be in the Online or Normal state. If a server has any other access state, the remote-control session cannot connect to the server. For more information about viewing the server status, see Viewing the details of a managed server.

You can open an untargeted remote-control session by clicking Provisioning > Remote Control from the Lenovo XClarity Administrator menu bar. Then, accept any security warnings from your web browser.

Note: For Flex System x280, x480, and x880 compute nodes, you can start a remote-control session to only the primary node. If you attempt to start a remote-control session to a non-primary node in a multi-node system, the remote-control dialog starts, but no video is displayed.


Complete the following steps to open a remote-control session to a specific Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x server.

  1. From the XClarity Administrator menu bar, click Hardware > Servers. The Servers page is displayed with a tabular view of all managed servers (rack servers and compute nodes).

    You can sort the table columns to make it easier to find specific servers. In addition, you can select a system type from the All Systems drop-down list and enter text (such as a name or IP address) in the Filter field to further filter the servers that are displayed.

  2. Select the server to which you want to open a remote-control session.
  3. Click the Remote Control icon (Remote control icon).
  4. Accept any security warnings from your web browser.
  5. Optionally, choose to save the Remote Control icon to your desktop. You can use this icon to launch a remote-control session without logging in to the XClarity Administrator web interface.
  6. When you are prompted, select one of the following connection modes:
    • Single-user mode. Establishes an exclusive remote-control session with the server. All other remote-control session to that server are blocked until you disconnect from the server. This option is available only if there are no other remote-control sessions established to the server.

    • Multi-user mode. Allows multiple remote-control sessions to be established with the same server. XClarity Administrator supports up to six concurrent remote-control sessions to a single server.

  7. When you are prompted, choose whether to save a shortcut to the remote-control session on your local system.

    If you save the shortcut, you can then use this shortcut to open a remote-control session to the specified server without having to launch it from the XClarity Administrator web interface. However, your local system must have access to XClarity Administrator to validate the user account with the XClarity Administrator authentication server.

    The shortcut contains a link that opens an empty remote-control session to which you can manually add servers.


The Remote Control window is displayed.

Illustrates the Remote Control window without any sessions.

The thumbnail area displays thumbnails of all server sessions that are currently managed through the remote-control session.

You can display multiple server sessions and move between server sessions by clicking a thumbnail, which displays the server console in the video session area. If you are accessing more servers than fit in the thumbnail area, click the Scroll right icon (Scroll right icon) and Scroll left icon (Scroll left icon) to scroll to additional server thumbnails. Click the All sessions icon (Server sessions icon ) to see a list of all open server sessions.

From the thumbnail area, click the Add server icon (New server session icon) to add a new server to the list of servers that you are managing. For more information about adding a session, see Adding a server console to remote-control session. You can control whether the thumbnail area is displayed and how often the thumbnails are refreshed from the Thumbnail page. For more information about thumbnail settings, see Setting remote-control preferences.

After you finish

If the remote-control session does not open successfully, see Remote control issues.

From the Remote Control dialog, you can perform the following actions: