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 solution, you can use Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager to set the network connection.

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

    2. When you see <F1> Setup, press F1 to open up the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager.

    3. Go to LXPM > UEFI Setup > BMC Settings to 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 apply the setting and wait for two to three minutes.

    5. Use an IPv4 or IPv6 address to connect Lenovo XClarity Controller.

      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.
  • If no monitor attached to the solution, you can set the network connection through the System Management Module 2 interface. Connect an Ethernet cable from your laptop to the Ethernet port on the System Management Module 2, which is located at the rear of the solution.
    Note: Make sure that you modify the IP settings on the laptop so that it is on the same network as the solution default settings.

    To access the System Management Module 2 interface, the System Management Module 2 network must be enabled. For more information, see SMM2 Web Interface Access.

    The default IPv4 address and the IPv6 Link Local Address (LLA) is provided on the Lenovo XClarity Controller Network Access label that is affixed to the Pull Out Information Tab.

  • If you are using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator Mobile app from a mobile device, you can connect to the Lenovo XClarity Controller through the Lenovo XClarity Controller USB connector or USB 3.0 Console Breakout Cable. For the location of Lenovo XClarity Controller USB connector and USB 3.0 Console Breakout Cable connector, see Compute node.

    To connect using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator Mobile app:
    1. If applicable, connect the USB 3.0 Console Breakout Cable to the front panel.

    2. Connect the USB cable of your mobile device to the Lenovo XClarity Controller USB connector or USB 3.0 Console Breakout Cable.

    3. On your mobile device, enable USB tethering.

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

    5. 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

Enable System Management Module 2 network connection via Lenovo XClarity Controller

If no USB 3.0 Console Breakout Cable is available to access Lenovo XClarity Controller logs with, enable System Management Module 2 network connection via Lenovo XClarity Controller first.

For more information, see SMM2 Web Interface Access.