DCImanager Administrator

Rack visualization module


The Rack Visualization module displays the rack map graphically. The interface of the module allows you to see:

  • equipment location;
  • number of devices of a certain type;
  • number of free, occupied and reserved units;
  • devices allocated to the rack;
  • rack load percentage;
  • server temperature in the rack.

Module interface

Buying and installing the module

To use the module:

  1. Go to your client area at eu.ispsystem.com:
    1. Open your DCImanager license settings.
    2. Enable the Rack option.
    3. Click Save changes.
  2. Update your DCImanager license information: System overview Update license information.

Until January 2022, you can use the module for free. Further, a license for the module use is required.


DCImanager Infrastructure license holders do not need to purchase a separate license for the module.

To install the module, enter ModulesRack visualizationInstall button.

Module interface

To work with the module, go to the Racks section and select the required rack.

The left part of the window contains general information about the rack:

  • rack name;
  • number of occupied and free units;
  • number of service units - units to which equipment cannot be added;
  • number of reserved units - units to which equipment cannot be added until a certain date;
  • number of adjacent free units;
  • rack occupancy percentage - what percentage of units are occupied, reserved or marked as service units;
  • comment to rack;
  • pools from which IP addresses are allocated to the servers in the rack;
  • quantity of each equipment type.

On the left side of the window, you can switch the display mode of the rack:

  • Equipment the rack map displays information about devices;
  • Temperature — the rack map displays information about the temperature of the servers.

An example of the left part of the module window

The middle part of the window contains the rack map. The background color of each unit depends on the type of equipment placed:

  • server or a сhassis;
  •  — switch, PDU or UPS.

Equipment power status is displayed to the left of the device name:

  • the device is on;
  • the device is off;
  • the status is undefined.

Service and reserved units of the rack are marked with the icon. The servers have network interface  icons to the right of the device name.

If an error is detected in the operation of the device, the icon appears in the unit.

Example of rack map

The right part of the window contains information about devices that are not placed into the rack, but allocated to it. For example, floor-mounted UPS units or vertical PDUs.

The background color of the device depends on the type of equipment placed:

An example of a list of devices with the size of 0 units

If a device is highlighted in the rack map, then the right side of the window displays information block about that device. In this block you can:

  • manage the device connections;
  • perform operations with the device through the menu.

Example of information about device

Temperature monitoring

To display server temperature data in the rack map, configure server BMC connection and equipment status alerts.

To enable the display of monitoring data, press Temperature on the left side of the module window. The colors of the units will change depending on the status:

  • server temperature is out of range for the specified time or longer;
  • server temperature is out of range for less than the specified time;
  •  — server temperature is within the range;
  • temperature data is not collected.

For example, the platform administrator has configured a setting for the "Temperature out of range for 15 minutes" notification. If the BMC poll shows that the temperature has been exceeded, the color of the unit will change to orange. If the temperature does not decrease to the permissible value within 15 minutes, the color of the unit will change to pink.

To view the temperature values, highlight the server in the rack map and go to TemperatureDetails on the right side of the module window. To see the permissible value range for a particular sensor, click next to the temperature value.

Viewing temperature values

Managing racks

Connecting the equipment

To add equipment to the rack, enter Add deviceNew equipment → select the equipment type → Next. You will be redirected to the form for adding equipment of the selected type.

To add a server from a warehouse, go to Add deviceServer from the warehouse → select a server → specify its parameters → Put the server into operation. 

To add a blade server to the chassis, press Add blade server in the required unit.

Reservation of units

To reserve rack units, enter Add deviceReserve units:

  1. Select Units.
  2. Specify the Reservation period.


    The reservation period is only used for display in the rack card. To remove it, you must cancel the reservation manually.

  3. Add a discretionary Note.
  4. Press Add. The selected units will be unavailable for adding equipment.

To cancel a unit reservation, select the unit and press Cancel reservation on the right side of the window.

Service units

To mark rack units as service units, enter Add deviceMark as service units:

  1. Select Units.
  2. Add a discretionary Note.
  3. Press Mark as service. The selected units will be unavailable for adding equipment.

To make the unit available for adding equipment, select it in the rack map and press Unselect "Service Unit" on the right side of the window.

Unit menu

You can perform operations through the unit menu. To do this, mark the unit and select the action:

  • Add new equipment;
  • Add a server from the warehouse;
  • Reserve units;
  • Mark as service. 

Editing rack parameters

To edit the rack parameters, enter the menu → Edit:

  1. Enter the Rack name or number.
  2. Select the Height of the rack in units.
  3. Select the IP pool for the servers in the rack.
  4. Add a discretionary Note.
  5. Press Save.

To delete a rack, enter the menu → Delete rack.

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