Activating a server profile

You can activate a server profile on a replaced, reassigned, or newly installed and managed server.

About this task

If you replace an existing server or if you install a pre-provisioned server in an empty bay in a chassis, you must activate the server profile for that new server to provision the configuration changes on the new server.

  • When using address virtualization, a server retains its assigned virtual MAC or WWN address until it is powered down. When deactivating a profile that has address virtualization enabled, the Power off the server checkbox is selected by default. Ensure that the original server is powered off before you activate the inactive profile on a different server to avoid address conflicts.
  • If you delete a profile that is not the most recently created, the virtual MAC and WWN addresses are not released from the address pool. For more information, see Deleting a server profile.
  • The settings on a server can become out of compliance with its server profile if settings are changed without using Configuration Patterns or if an issue occurred during deployment, such a firmware issue or an invalid setting. You can determine the compliance status of each server from the Configuration Patterns: Server Profiles page.


To activate a server profile, complete the following steps.

  1. From the Lenovo XClarity Administrator menu bar, click Provisioning > Server Profiles. The Configuration Patterns: Server Profiles page is displayed.
  2. Select the server profile to activate.
    Tip: The current state of the server profiles is listed in the Profile Status column. You can activate server profile that is in the Inactive or Pending activate state.
  3. Click the Activate server profile icon (Activate profile icon).
  4. Click Activate.
    If the profile is in the pending, active, or active failed state, you can choose when to activate the deployment:
    • Full. Immediately powers on or restarts the server to activate server, baseboard management controller, and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) configurations.

    • Partial. (default) Immediately activates management-controller configurations, but defers the activation of server and UEFI configurations until the next server restart. The server must be manually powered on or restarted before the profile is fully activated.

      Note: When deploying server patterns that included only IMM settings (including system information, management interface, and extended BMC category patterns), the server does not need to be restarted.

    When the server profile is first activated, the profile status changes to Active. After compliance is verified, the status changes to Compliance or Non-Compliant.


The state of the server profile on the Configuration Pattern: Server Profiles page changes to Active.

Illustrates the list of server profiles and the state of each on the Configuration Patterns: Server Profiles page.