Associating discovered devices

  1. When the server configuration is in place, open Planning>Device Association in the application bar.
  2. Use Multi Associate or drag devices discovered by the StruxureWare Data Center Server Access server from Unassociated Devices to servers in the rack layout to associate them.

You can find more detailed instructions about associating discovered devices here.

Enabling server access and configuring properties

When the discovered devices have been associated with the servers in the data center model, you can enable server access.

  1. Right-click a server in the rack layout, Equipment Browser, Navigation, or Discovered Devices view and select Properties>Server Access.
  2. Select Enable Server Access and select to access through: Remote console, operating system, and whether to enable power cycle functionality.
    • Configure the remote console settings to access the server remotely through the management card even if it is powered off.
      This is also known as virtual KVM and this option is available only if the server has a management card (BMC) installed.

      See supported devices in the Intel documentation here.
    • Click Test to verify the connection works and a browser window opens a console.
      If you experience issues viewing the page launching the console, this might be due to browser related issues.
    • Configure the OS settings to access the server OS through any of these protocols: Remote Desktop (RDP) for Windows, SSH for Linux, or VNC.

      Note

      This option is available for all servers, even those without a management card, and you do not need an external system configuration with a StruxureWare Data Center Server Access server and discovered devices to enable the OS access option.
      If you leave the logon credentials blank, the user will be prompted for credentials when connecting.

    • Select the power controls to enable power cycling the server.
      This option is available only if the server has a management card (BMC) installed.

Accessing servers and power cycling

When a device has been associated with a server and access has been enabled, a small icon appears on the server in the rack layout to illustrate server access is available. If enabled, Server Access information will appear in the tool tip, informing you if access is enabled and what the last status was, for example if the server was powered off and when.

  1. Right-click a server in the rack layout, Equipment Browser, Navigation, or Discovered Devices view and select Server Access.
  2. Select one or more sub menu items.
    • Select Remote Console to access the server through a remote console.
      This option is available only if the server has a management card (BMC) installed. It allows you to view, configure, and control the server through this console regardless of vendor (HP, IBM, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Sun, etc.).
      If you experience issues viewing the page launching the console, this might be due to browser related issues.
      • In the console window, press F2 before the server boots up to monitor and configure BIOS settings directly from StruxureWare Data Center Operation to troubleshoot hardware problems preventing the server from booting normally, for example disable a bad memory block or check the memory settings.
    • Select Remote Desktop, SSH, or VNC to access the server through another protocol, if configured.
      You can access the server and install new applications, perform Windows updates, and other maintenance tasks. The server does not need to be discovered for these options to be available.
    • Select the power controls to power cycle the server whether it is powered on or off.
      This option is available only if the server has a management card (BMC) installed.
      • Select Off - Soft to send a normal shutdown message to the server OS.
      • Select Off - Hard to perform a hard shutdown, corresponding to physically pulling the plug.
      • Select On to reboot the server.

Tip

You can open a remote connection to the server next to StruxureWare Data Center Operation to monitor the power cycle process live.

Toggling server access

You can toggle server access to a server in the Equipment Browser, toggling the Server Access Enabled column to yes/no. This can be useful, for example if you need to disable server access temporarily for maintenance purposes. The system remembers the settings when you re-enable server access.

See also

Server Access through Various Protocols
StruxureWare Data Center Operation: Server Access
Installing the StruxureWare Data Center Server Access Server
Configuring the Server Access Module

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