Set the network connection for the 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 attached to the server, you can set the network connection through the Lenovo XClarity Controller interface. Connect an Ethernet cable from your laptop to Lenovo XClarity Controller connector, which is located at the rear of the server. For the location of the Lenovo XClarity Controller connector, see Rear view.
    Note: Make sure that you modify the IP settings on the laptop so that it is on the same network as the server default settings.

    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 on the front of the server. For the location of the Lenovo XClarity Controller USB connector, see Front view.

    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 blue ID button on the front panel 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.
  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.