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 Hyper-V locally on a managed server, you can use an externally powered DVD-ROM drive. To install Hyper-V remotely, use the remote-control function that is provided through the management controller on the managed server.

Complete the following steps to install and configure Hyper-V Server on the host.

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