To configure your storage array, you can use the Setup wizard in ThinkSystem System Manager.

ThinkSystem System Manager is a web-based interface embedded on each controller. To access the user interface, you point a browser to the controller’s IP address. A setup wizard helps you get started with system configuration.

Before you begin

Make sure you have the following:

  • Out-of-band management.

  • A management station for accessing ThinkSystem System Manager that includes one of the following browsers:

    Browser Minimum version

    Google Chrome


    Microsoft Edge


    Mozilla Firefox




About this task

The wizard automatically relaunches when you open System Manager or refresh your browser and at least one of the following conditions is met:

  • No pools and volume groups are detected.

  • No workloads are detected.

  • No notifications are configured.

  1. From your browser, enter the following URL: https://<DomainNameOrIPAddress>

    IPAddress is the address for one of the storage array controllers.

    The first time ThinkSystem System Manager is opened on an array that has not been configured, the Set Administrator Password prompt appears. Role-based access management configures four local roles: admin, support, security, and monitor. The latter three roles have random passwords that cannot be guessed. After you set a password for the admin role, you can change all of the passwords using the admin credentials. For more information about the four local user roles, see the online help available in the ThinkSystem System Manager user interface.

  2. Enter the System Manager password for the admin role in the Set Administrator Password and Confirm Password fields, and then click Set Password.

    The Setup wizard launches if there are no pools, volumes groups, workloads, or notifications configured.

  3. Use the Setup wizard to perform the following tasks:

    • Verify hardware (controllers and drives) — Verify the number of controllers and drives in the storage array. Assign a name to the array.

    • Verify hosts and operating systems — Verify the host and operating system types that the storage array can access.

    • Accept pools — Accept the recommended pool configuration for the express installation method. A pool is a logical group of drives.

    • Configure alerts — Allow System Manager to receive automatic notifications when a problem occurs with the storage array.

    • Enable AutoSupport — Automatically monitor the health of your storage array and have dispatches sent to technical support.

  4. If you have not already created a volume, create one by going to Storage  Volumes  Create  Volume.

    For more information, see the online help for ThinkSystem System Manager.