Chapter 5. Managing physical servers

After the Lenovo physical-infrastructure provider is added, the servers that are managed by XClarity Administrator are registered in CloudForms. You can then view and manage those servers.

Note: It may take a few seconds or so for the servers to appear after adding a physical-infrasturcture provider.

5.1. Viewing a Physical Server

To view a list of all physical servers that are managed by all physical-infrastructure providers, navigate to Compute > Physical Infrastructure > Servers. The Physical Servers page is displayed (see the following figure).

Tip: You can sort the table columns to make it easier to find specific servers. In addition, you can choose the types of servers to display by selecting server types from the Filters drop-down list or entering text (such as a name or IP address) in the Search field.

physical servers

5.2. Viewing the timeline for a physical server

A timeline is a tool that enables you to track the state of a physical server over a period of time. This includes power activity, device additions and removals, and firmware changes. The timeline is useful to identify critical failures, identify behavior patterns, audit user actions, and troubleshoot problems.

Note: Timelines are available only for physical servers that have associated events.

To view the timeline with events for a specific physical server, complete the following steps

  1. Navigate to Compute > Physical Infrastructure > Servers.
  2. Select the physical server that has events.
  3. Click the Monitoring > Timelines from the top menu.
  4. Select the event types and the period in the options filter. Filters can be used to focus attention on specific messages of interest in a specific time interval.
  5. Click Apply. The timeline is displayed with events that match the specified filters. You can click an event to view the event details.

5.3. Powering on and off a physical server

You can perform power operations on the physical servers by completing the following steps.

  1. Navigate to Compute > Physical Infrastructure > Servers.
  2. Select the physical server.
  3. Click Power from the top menu, and then click one of the following power actions:

    • Power on - Powers on the server.
    • Power off - Shuts down the operating system and powers off the server.
    • Power off immediately - Powers off the server.
    • Restart - Shuts down the operating system and restarts the server.
    • Restart immediately - Restarts the server.
    • Restart to System Setup - Restarts the server back to default BIOS/UEFI (F1) Setup.
    • Restart Management Controller - Restarts the baseboard management controller in the sever.

physical server power

5.4. Locating a physical server

You can change the Location LED state on a physical server to locate the sever in the data center.

  1. Navigate to Compute > Physical Infrastructure > Servers.
  2. Select the physical server.
  3. Click Identify from the top menu, and then click the appropriate action: Blink LED, Turn On LED, or Turn Off LED.

physical server identify led

5.5. Provisioning physical servers using configuration patterns

You can use configuration patterns in XClarity Administrator to quickly provision or preprovision multiple servers from a single set of defined configuration settings. Configuration patterns act as templates for configuring logical storage, I/O adapters, boot order, and other baseboard management controller and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) settings.

A physical-infrastructure provider can discover configuration patterns that are defined on the associated XClarity Administrator instance. A configuration pattern can then be applied to a single or multiple physical servers.

Note: Configuration patterns can be assigned only to physical servers that do not have a pattern assigned to them.

physical server provision

You can deploy a configuration pattern to one or more physical server by completing the following steps.

  1. Navigate to Compute > Physical Infrastructure > Servers to display the Physical Servers page.
  2. Click a server (to display the server details page) or select multiple servers that you want to provision.
  3. Click Lifecycle > Provision Physical Server from the top menu to display the Add Physical Server page.
  4. On the Request tab, enter an email address into the E-Mail field.
  5. On the Catalog tab, select the configuration pattern that you want to deploy from the Configuration Pattern drop-down menu, and then click Submit. The Requests page is displayed.
  6. Click the request that was created to deploy the configuration pattern from the Requests table. The Apply Configuration Pattern page is displayed.
  7. Click the check mark button.
  8. Enter the reason for performing this action in the Reason field.
  9. Click Submit to deploy the configuration pattern to the specified server. You can monitor the status of the action in the Requests table.

5.6. Viewing network devices that are associated with a physical server

From the Physical Server Summary page, you can access details about network devices such as network interface cards.

  1. Access the Physical Servers page, as described in the Section 5.1, “Viewing a Physical Server” section, and then select a physical server. The Physical Server Summary page is displayed.
  2. Click on the Network Devices count in the Properties table. A list of network devices is displayed.
  3. Select a network device from the list. The Network Device Summary page is displayed.

network device summary

5.7. Viewing storage devices that are associated with a physical server

From the Physical Server Summary page, you can access details about storage devices, such as RAID cards.

  1. Access the Physical Servers page, as described in the Section 5.1, “Viewing a Physical Server” section, and then select a physical server. The Physical Server Summary page is displayed.
  2. Click on the Storage Devices count in the Properties table. A list of storage devices is displayed.
  3. Select a storage device from the list. The Storage Device Summary page is displayed.

storage device summary

5.8. Adding physical server widgets to the dashboard

You can add widgets that display information about physical servers to the default dashboard.

  1. Navigate to Cloud Intel > Dashboard.
  2. Click on the + button from the top menu, and select one of the following widgets:

    • Physical Server Availability
    • Physical Server Health
    • Recently Discovered Physical Servers

The widget is now displayed on the default dashboard.

5.9. Creating a user that belongs to the physical infrastructure usergroup

You can use the physical infrastructure usergroup to manage physical infrastructures. Users that belong to this group have a default dashboard that contains physical server widgets. The physical server widgets show useful information, such as server health, availability, and recently discovered servers.

To gain the benefits of this usergroup, you must create a new user that belongs to the physical infrastructure group.

  1. Follow the steps described in the Creating a User section in the CloudForms General Configuration documentation. For the group, choose EvmGroup-physical_infrastructure.

After the user is created, log in as the new user, and the default dashboard containing physical server widgets is displayed.