Viewing the details of a managed server

You can view detailed information about the managed servers from Lenovo XClarity Administrator, including the firmware levels, server name, and universally unique identifier (UUID).

About this task

CPU usage is a measurement of the aggregated C-state residency. It is measured as a percentage of the used and maximum C0 residency, per second.

Memory usage is a measurement of the aggregated read/write volumes of all memory channels. This is calculated as a percentage of the used and maximum memory bandwidth that is available, per second.

The system-level air temperature is measured by a physical sensor at the front of the server. This temperature represents inlet air temperature for the server. Note that the air temperature that is reported by XClarity Administrator and the CMM might differ if the temperature is captured at different points in time.


Complete the following steps to view the details for a managed 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 the specific servers. In addition, you can select a system type from the All Systems drop-down list and enter text (such as a system name or IP address) in the Filter field to further filter the servers that are displayed.

    Illustrates the list of managed rack servers and compute nodes in the Servers page.
  2. Click the link for the server in the Server column. The status summary page for that server is displayed, showing the server properties and a list of components that are installed in that server.

    Illustrates the summary page for a specific rack server and compute nodes.
    Note: For System x and NeXtScale servers, the LAN over USB address is listed on this page; however, you cannot change that address from the XClarity Administrator. Instead, you must use the baseboard-management-controller interface for the server. For more information, see Accessing the IMM2 using the LAN over USB interface in the product documentation for the server. You can find the product documentation for your server in the BladeCenter online documentation.
  3. Complete one or more of the following actions:
    • Click Summary to view a summary of the server, including system information and installed components (see Viewing the status of a managed server).

    • Click Inventory Details to view details about the server components, including:

      • Firmware levels for the server and management controller.
      • Management-module network details, such as the hostname, IPv4 address, IPv6 address, and MAC addresses.
      • Asset details, including server name, universally unique identifier (UUID), and location.
      • Components details, including CPUs, memory, drives, and expansion cards.
      • All IP addresses for the server are listed. The IP address for the management controller port is listed first. If the management controller IP address is available, it is used to connect to the server.
      • If data is not available for a specific adapter, some fields for the adapter (such as product name) might be empty.

      • If a new adapter was installed in the server, the server must be rebooted for the adapter to show up in the inventory.

      • For some add-in cards, the Feature on Demand (FoD) information is displayed under the device name.

      • You can hover over links in the Type column to get to get more information about specific components, such as Intel Optain DCPMM memory.

    • Click Alerts to display the list of current alerts for this server (see Working with alerts).

      Note: You can set threshold preferences for raising an alert and event when a certain value, such as the life of an SSD in a ThinkSystem or ThinkServer server, exceeds a warning or critical level (see Setting threshold preferences for generating alerts and events).
    • Click Event Log to display the list of events for this server (see Monitoring events in the event log).

    • Click Jobs to display a list of jobs associated with the server (see Monitoring jobs).

    • Click Light Path to display the current status of the server LEDs, including Location, Fault, and Information. This is the equivalent of looking at the front panel of the server.

    • Click Power and Thermal to display details about power use and air temperature.

      Tip: Use the refresh button on your web browser to collect the latest power and thermal data. Collecting data might take several minutes.
    • Click Configuration to view configuration information for the server, including local storage, I/O adapters, SAN boot settings, and firmware settings (see Configuring servers using configuration patterns).

    • Click Feature on Demand Keys to view a list of Feature on Demand keys that are currently installed on the managed server (see Viewing Features on Demand keys).

What to do next

In addition to displaying summary and detailed information about a server, you can perform the following actions:
  • View the rack or chassis that is associated with the server by clicking rack or chassis name from the Summary page.
  • View a selected server in graphical rack or chassis view clicking All Actions > Views > Show in Rack View or All Actions > Views > Show in Chassis View.
  • Launch the management controller web interface for a selected server by clicking the IP address link (see Launching the management controller interface for a server).
  • Remotely access a server (see Using remote control to manage Converged, Flex System, NeXtScale, and System x servers).
  • Power a selected server on and off (see Powering on and off a server).
  • Modify system information of a selected server by clicking Edit Properties.
  • Refresh inventory of a selected server by clicking Actions > Inventory > Refresh Inventory.
  • Export detailed information about the servers to a CSV file clicking the Actions > Inventory > Export Inventory.
    • For more information about inventory data in the CSV file, see the GET /nodes/<UUID_list> REST API.

    • When importing a CSV file into Microsoft Excel, Excel treats text values that contain only numbers as numeric values (for example, for UUIDs). Format each cell as text to correct this error.

  • Exclude events that are of no interest to you from all pages on which events are displayed by clicking the Actions > Service Reset > Exclude events (see Excluding events).

  • Restart a selected server using a non-maskable interrupt (NMI) by clicking Actions > Service > Trigger NMI

  • Change the Location LED state on a selected server to on, off, or blinking by clicking Actions > Service > Toggle Location LED State, selecting the state, and clicking Apply.
    Note: The Location LED on ThinkServer servers can be on or off. Blinking is not supported.
  • Disable or enable single sign-on for a selected ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile server by clicking All Actions > Security > Enable Single Sign-On or All Actions > Security > Disable Single Sign-On.

    Single sign-on allows a user that is already logged in to XClarity Administrator to automatically log in to the baseboard management control (XCC). Single sign-on is enabled by default when a ThinkSystem or ThinkAgile server is brought into management by XClarity Administrator (unless the server is managed with CyberArk passwords). You can configure the global setting to enable or disable single sign-on for all managed ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers. Enabling single sign-on for a specific ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile server overrides the global setting for all ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers.

    Note: Single sign-on is disabled automatically when using the CyberArk identity-management system for authentication.
  • Enable or disable firewall rule changes on a selected server that limit incoming requests only from XClarity Administrator by clicking Actions > Security > Enable Encapsulation or Actions > Security > Disable Encapsulation.

    The global encapsulation setting is disabled by default. When disabled, the device encapsulation mode is set to normal and the firewall rules are not changed as part of the management process.

    When the global encapsulation setting is enabled and the device supports encapsulation, XClarity Administrator communicates with the device during the management process to change the device encapsulation mode to encapsulationLite and to change the firewall rules on the device to limit incoming requests to those only from XClarity Administrator.

    Attention: If encapsulation is enabled and XClarity Administrator becomes unavailable before a device is unmanaged, necessary steps must be taken to disable encapsulation to establish communication with the device. For recovery procedures, see lenovoMgrAlert.mib file and Recovering management with a CMM after a management server failure.
  • (non-ThinkServer servers only) Resolve issues that might arise between the Lenovo XClarity Administrator security certificate and the security certificate of the management controller in the selected server by clicking Actions > Security > Resolve Untrusted Certificates (see Resolving an untrusted server certificate).