Set the network connection for the Lenovo XClarity Controller

Before you can access the Lenovo XClarity Controller over your network, you need to specify how Lenovo XClarity Controller will connect to the network. Depending on how the network connection is implemented, you might need to specify a static IP address as well.

The following methods are available to set the network connection for the Lenovo XClarity Controller if you are not using DHCP:
  • If a monitor is attached to the server, you can use Lenovo XClarity Controller to set the network connection.

  • If no monitor is attached to the server, you can set the network connection through the Chassis Management Module 2 management network connector.
    1. Make sure that the subnet of your computer is set to the same value as the CMM 2 (the default CMM 2 subnet is 255.255.255.0). The IP address of the CMM 2 must also be in the same local domain as the client computer. To connect to the CMM 2 for the first time, you might have to change the Internet Protocol properties on the client computer.

    2. Connect an Ethernet cable from your laptop to the management port on the CMM 2.

    3. Open a web browser on the client computer, and direct it to the CMM 2 IP address. For the first connection to the CMM 2, use the default IP address of the CMM 2; if a new IP address has been assigned to the CMM 2, use that one instead.

      Note: The manufacturing default static IPv4 IP address is 192.168.70.100, the default IPv4 subnet address is 255.255.255.0, and the default host name is MMxxxxxxxxxxxx, where xxxxxxxxxxxx is the burned-in MAC address. The MAC address is on a label on the CMM 2, below the reset button (see CMM 2 controls and indicators for the reset button location). See IPv6 addressing for initial connection for information about determining IPv6 addressing for the initial connection.
    4. After logging in to the CMM 2, click Chassis Management > Compute Nodes to set the IP address of the compute node.

  • If you are using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator Mobile app from a mobile device, you can connect to the Lenovo XClarity Controller through the USB connector on the front of the server. For the location of the Lenovo XClarity Controller USB connector, see Compute node controls, connectors, and LEDs.

    Note: The Lenovo XClarity Controller USB connector mode must be set to manage the Lenovo XClarity Controller (instead of normal USB mode). To switch from normal mode to Lenovo XClarity Controller management mode, hold the USB management button on the front of the server for at least 3 seconds until its LED flashes slowly (once every couple of seconds).
    To connect using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator Mobile app:
    1. Connect the USB cable of your mobile device to the Lenovo XClarity Administrator USB connector on the front panel.

    2. On your mobile device, enable USB tethering.

    3. On your mobile device, launch the Lenovo XClarity Administrator mobile app.

    4. If automatic discovery is disabled, click Discovery on the USB Discovery page to connect to the Lenovo XClarity Controller.

    For more information about using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator Mobile app, see:

    Lenovo XClarity Administrator Mobile app online documentation

Important: The Lenovo XClarity Controller is set initially with a user name of USERID and password of PASSW0RD (with a zero, not the letter O). This default user setting has Supervisor access. It is required to change this user name and password during your initial configuration for enhanced security.

Complete the following steps to connect the Lenovo XClarity Controller to the network using the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager.

  1. Start the server.
  2. When you see <F1> Setup, press F1.
    Note: If the text-based interface for UEFI Setup opens instead of the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager, select Launch Graphical System Setup on the UEFI page to connect the server to the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager.
  3. Specify how the Lenovo XClarity Controller will connect to the network.
    • If you choose a static IP connection, make sure that you specify an IPv4 or IPv6 address that is available on the network.

    • If you choose a DHCP connection, make sure that the MAC address for the server has been configured in the DHCP server.

  4. Click OK to continue starting the server.