Step 5: Install and configure the host (Hyper-V)

You can install Microsoft Hyper-V Server on any server that meets the requirements for Lenovo XClarity Administrator.

Before you begin

If you intend to implement a high-availability environment, see Implementing high availability (Hyper-V) for more information about setting up the Microsoft Hyper-V cluster.

Ensure that the host meets the prerequisites that are defined in Supported host systems.

Ensure that the host system is in the same network as the devices that you want to manage.

Ensure that you configure failover for the network adapters using the tools that are provided by the vendor who supplies the network adapters.

Important: You can setup XClarity Administrator on any system that meets the requirements for XClarity Administrator, including a managed server. If you use a managed server for the XClarity Administrator host:
  • You must implement either a virtually separate data and management network topology or a single data and management network topology.
  • You cannot use XClarity Administrator to apply firmware updates to that managed server. Even when only some of the firmware is applied with immediate activation, XClarity Administrator forces the target server to restart, which would restart XClarity Administrator as well. When applied with deferred activation, only some firmware is applied when the XClarity Administrator host is restarted.
  • If you use a server in a Flex System chassis, ensure that the server is set to automatically power on. You can set this option from the CMM web interface by clicking Chassis Management > Compute Nodes, then selecting the server, and selecting Auto Power for the Auto Power On Mode.


To install and configure Hyper-V Server on the host, complete the following steps.

Additional instructions are provided by Microsoft on the Install Hyper-V Server website.

  1. Download Microsoft Windows 2012 or higher, and burn a DVD-ROM of the image.
  2. Install Microsoft Windows 2012 or higher on a host system that has network connectivity to the devices that you want to manage.
  3. When installation is complete, restart the host system.
  4. Optional: To support failover between redundant adapters, configure NIC teaming.

    For information about setting up NIC teaming in Microsoft 2012, see the NIC Teaming Overview website.

    1. Enable NIC teaming on the server:
      1. From Server Manager, click Local Server.
      2. In the Properties sections, set NIC Teaming to Enabled.
    2. Configure NIC teaming:
      1. From the NIC Teaming page, click the server.
      2. In the Teams section, click Tasks > New Team.
      3. Fill in the team name, and select the new adapters to include in the team.
  5. Add the Hyper-V feature to this server:
    1. From the Server Manager Dashboard, click Add roles and features.
    2. Ensure that the installation type is role-based or feature-based installation.
    3. Ensure that this server is selected.
    4. Select the Hyper-V server role, and click Next.
    5. Select the Ethernet adapter to create a virtual switch for the adapter.
    6. Continue through the wizard. When complete, click Install.
    7. Restart the server to apply the changes.

      When you log back in, the Hyper-V role is displayed in the server navigation pane of the Server Manager Dashboard.

  6. From Virtual Switch Manager, create the virtual switch and assign the virtual switch to the NIC team that you defined.
    1. From Administrative Tools, start Hyper-V Manager.
    2. Under Actions, click Virtual Switch Manager.
    3. Click Create Virtual Switch, and follow the wizard.
      Tip: The adapter is listed under Connection Type as Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Driver.