DCImanager Administrator

Server auto-add module

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The "Server auto-add" module adds new servers to DCImanager. The module operates in the background mode. Depending on the module settings, the platform communicates with the server, which is being added, via PXE or BMC. The server is added to DCImanager automatically when it is turned on or rebooted. When adding a server, DCImanager performs its diagnostics without clearing the disks.

If the server is connected to the switches, the module will add connections to the server settings. Additionally, in the module settings you can allow searching for BMC connections. If found, BMC will be reconfigured.

Note

In the current version, DCImanager detects server connections to the switches that use Arista, Cisco Nexus, and Juniper handlers.

Module installation


  1. Enter ModulesServer auto-addInstall button.
  2. After installation, press Go to settings.

    Note

    Module configuration is not available on locations without available physical networks.

  3. Configure the auto-adding settings: 

    1. Press Configure: 
    2. Select the Location.
    3. Select the Server search template. We recommend using the "Server-search6" template for the module to work correctly.
    4. Select the Network. We recommend using a network with private IP addresses without access to the Internet. IP addresses from the range of this network will be temporarily issued to all added servers. The network must include the IP address of the location. 
    5. Select the Location IP address used by the DHCP server. The IP address must be in the network selected above for assigning temporary addresses.
    6. Specify the IP range from the network. Free IP addresses from this range will be temporarily issued to the added servers.
    7. Enter a temporary Password with which you can log on to the added server.
    8. For the module to detect server connections to BMC:

      1. Enable the Search connections to BMC option.

      2. Select an existing IP pool for BMC or create a new one.

        Note

        IP addresses from the pool will be allocated and user password for connection will be changed for the BMCs found. Other users will be disabled.

    9. If necessary, enable the option to Enter additional information through the console. In this case, a script will be run on the added servers to enter the server name, server rack, unit and serial number. To specify this data, you will need to connect to the server via SSH, BMC or KVM.

      An example of data entry
      Enter following data
      Rack number: R4
      Unit number: 6
      Serial: 123-456-7890
      Label: Server42

      Rack number — server rack name or number

      Unit number — server unit number

      Serial — server serial number

      Label — server name

    10. Press Configure. DCImanager will start loading the server auto-addition template at the selected location.

    An example of module configuration

    1. Press Configure.
    2. Select the Location.
    3. Select the BMC Connection type:
      • Redfish;
      • IPMI v1.5/v2;
      • IPMI v2(lanplus).
    4. Specify the IP addresses or ranges for servers, which are being added, in IPv4 format. You can enter:
      • an individual IP. For example, 192.0.2.1;
      • an IP subnet. For example, 192.0.2.0/24;
      • an address range. For example, 192.0.2.1-192.0.2.100.
    5. Specify the BMC connection settings:
      1. Login.
      2. Password.
    6. Press Configure.

    An example of module configuration

Managing module settings


Via PXE

To manage the auto-addition settings, enter ModulesServer auto-addGo to Settings.

To add settings for the location, click Configure.

To disable server auto-addition at the location, select the location → menu → Disable the search option on the location or click on the settings bar.

Section of module settings management

Via BMC

To manage the auto-addition settings, enter ModulesServer auto-addGo to Settings.

To add settings for the location, click Configure.

To start the auto-adding, click Start server search.

To disable server auto-addition at the location, select the location → menu → Disable the auto-add setiings.

Section of module settings management

Managing added servers


To view the added servers, press ServersFound automatically tab.

To re-check the server connections, click the Start searching for new connections (PXE) button.

To search for servers via BMC again, press Start server search (BMC).

To add connections manually:

  • to BMC (Intel AMT) — press add in the Power column;
  • to the switch — press add in the Network column.

To put the server into operation:

  1. Press Put into operation.
  2. Specify the required settings. Read more about settings in Adding a server.
  3. Press Put the server into operation.
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