Release Notes – Intel® Data Center Manager Console 4.0

 

Intel® Data Center Manager Console is a web GUI application which provides features mostly focusing on data center energy and reliability management. An API package (without GUI) is also provided for integration through RESTful API.

What’s New 4.0

·        Warranty expiration notification

·        Offline mode for devices

·        Support firmware version for hard disk and host NIC on Intel servers

·        Mount ISO image for HP / Dell / Lenovo servers

·        Detect new firmware for Intel servers

·        Update firmware, change BIOS settings, mount ISO for Intel servers through Redfish

·        Redfish based firmware update for HP / Dell servers

·        Support additional component inventory / health for H3C and Netapp storage

·        Support Intel Whitley servers

·        Manage Dell iDRAC 7 / Cisco servers through Redfish

·        Manage Oracle servers through SSH protocol

·        Manage Gigabyte blade chassis through IPMI protocol

·        Support Enlogic PDU

·        Support EMC Connectrix DS4100B switch

·        Support Cisco ASA 5525 firewall

·        Mapping between switch port and managed devices

·        Auto login to server BMC to simplify accessing KVM (experimental)

·        Enhanced report (group scope, capacity report, CSV support, etc.)

·        Event Statistic

·        High Availability through DB replication and manual failover

·        API enhancement (capacity and utilization data for space / power / weight, get device location)

·        Monitor switch port utilization with threshold-based notification

·        Support “IPMI Dump” as part of the diagnostic tools

·        Usability Improvements

·        Security enhancements

What’s New 3.9.1

·        Update some 3rd party components to address newly identified CVEs.

What’s New 3.9

·        Network port status monitor and change alert

·        Hard power off single server

·        Health monitor with component instance level details

·        Match keywords in device SEL log

·        Consolidated firmware inventory

·        Batch provisioning task sequences for Intel Purley servers

·        Support additional inventory for Intel Purley servers: Backplane

·        Restore BIOS settings to default for Intel Purley servers

·        Redfish based firmware update for SMC Purley servers

·        Health monitoring for additional network / storage devices: F5 switch, NetApp storage, Arista switch, Mellanox switch, H3C switch

·        Component firmware version distribution and outlier (BIOS, PSU, Backplane)

·        Reports support

·        Archive events

·        Enhanced RESTful API (link devices to discovery task, custom attributes management)

·        Device diagnostics (SNMP walk, IPMI Ping, Redfish dump and export DCM server logs)

·        Usability Improvements

·        Security enhancements

What’s New 3.8

·        Retrieving recent SEL logs when a server becomes unhealthy

·        Events for asset change

·        Events for long-time-disconnection

·        Added the capability of searching devices by health status, firmware version

·        Watchdog sensor health monitoring

·        Added threshold for IPMI analog sensor

·        Support for temperature sensor monitoring through Raritan PX3 PDUs

·        Inventory / health monitoring when devices are managed through Redfish protocol (Lenovo XClarity, Dell iDRAC 8/9, Intel RMM4, H3C, Huawei iBMC, Kontron)

·        Support for more components for inventory / health monitoring

·        Inventory / health monitoring and sensor reading for SuperMicro Chassis

·        SEL log for Sugon I620-G30 servers

·        Enhanced RESTful APIs (Managing device capabilities, PDU outlet management, filling device health information)

·        Support for Ansible Modules

·        Enhanced Audit Logs

·        Support for boot source overrides for Intel Purley servers

·        PDU outlet power on / off

·        Added the capability to download / email a snapshot of the dashboard

·        Support for Ubuntu Server 20

·        Other usability improvements

·        Security enhancements

What’s New 3.7

·        Supporting health and inventory monitoring for more devices: Inspur M4, Dell servers with iDRAC 7, SuperMicro Purley servers

·        Collecting system event log from Dell iDRAC 8 / 9 servers, Lenovo XClarity servers, and HP iLO4 / iLO 5 servers

·        Sending health alert to device vendor through email

·        Separated API package

·        Enhanced RESTful API (statistics, event / threshold management, SSD SMART data, unhealthy SSDs, getting SNMP walk data, discovery, power on / off, rediscovery, enhanced query, real-time monitoring, unhealthy devices, etc.)

·        Usability improvements

·        Mounting ISO image for Intel Purley / Grantley servers

·        Managing SuperMicro Purley servers with Redfish protocol

·        Supporting non-root account for Linux (requires sudo)

·        Supporting CentOS 8, Debian 10

What’s New 3.6.2

·        Address several security issues.

What’s New 3.6.1

·        Remove Optane Health commands to avoid some platform compatibility issues.

What’s New 3.6

·        Collecting and exporting CPU telemetry data

·        Restful APIs

·        Flexible Grouping

·        Inventory information collection for Huawei iBMC based servers, Sugon servers, and Inspur servers

·        Health monitoring for Cisco Catalyst Switches and HDS F700/F900 storage devices (experimental)

·        Recurrent discovery tasks

·        Event acknowledgment

·        Health & inventory monitoring for additional Dell server components

·        Power monitoring, capping and temperature monitoring for Dell MX7000

·        RHEL 8 support

·        Various usability improvements and security enhancements

What’s New 3.5

·        Weight Capacity Management

·        Enhanced inventory support

·        BIOS configuration for Intel S2600WFT, S2600ST, S2600BP servers

·        Replaced Oracle JDK with OpenJDK

·        Support additional platforms (Lenovo n1200 enclosure, ServerTech PDU, SMC chassis, SMC micro server)

·        UI / Usability improvements

·        System / Component Failure Analysis by model & location

·        RAID health support for selected HP and DELL servers

·        System health monitor for iLO4, iLO5, iDRAC 9, XClarity Controller, and Huawei iMana based servers

·        Security enhancements

What’s New 3.4

·       Intel® Data Center Manager Console 3.4 has been updated to include up-to-date 3rd party components (PostgreSQL 9.6.11, JRE 8 update 202, Tomcat 7.0.92, bouncycastle 1.60, Jackson 2.9.8, Xalan 2.7.2, zlib 1.2.11; commons-fileupload 1.3.3, javamail 1.6.1, smtp 1.6.1, Pio 3.1.7, removed Dom4j , replaced axis2 with cxf 3.2.7), which includes functional and security updates. Users should update to the latest version.

·        Lightweight Asset Management

·        Grouped Email Notification

·        Server Health Recovery Report

·        SSD Life Span Estimation

·        Usability improvement for firmware update

·        Inventory information support (experimental)

·        Enhanced BMC Console URL support (as an alternative for KVM access)

·        Expose web API for data extraction

·        UI improvements

·        Security enhancement

·        Additional OS support (SLES 15, Debian v9, Windows Server 2019)

What’s New 3.3

·        Server model reliability statistics

·        Firmware upgrade for Intel S2600WFT, S2600ST, S2600BP servers (experimental)

·        SSD health monitoring through in-band

·        FPGA health monitoring

·        Display rack view

·        EMC VNX 5700 storage support

·        Hitachi chassis support

·        Huawei MM910 chassis support

·        Cisco blade management through UCS manager

·        HPE PDU support

·        Hoffman PDU support

·        ServerTech / Raritan PDU temperature monitor

·        HP Procurve switch / Racktivity PDU support

·        Lenovo PDU support

·        New Eaton PDU support

·        Cisco Nexus Switch support

·        Support CentOS 7.5

·        Support Ubuntu Server 16 and 18, drop the support for Ubuntu Server 12

·        Support Debian v8.11

·        Improved AD authentication

·        UI improvements

·        Performance improvement

·        Security improvement

What’s New 3.2

·        High availability support

·        New UI enhancement

What’s New 3.1

·        Brand new look and feel

·        Multi-tenancy

What’s New 3.0

·        SNMP alert receiving

·        Humidity data trending

·        Telemetry hub data display with proper configurations on Node Manager  4.0 SKUs

What’s New 2.9

·        Energy comparison report

·        Searching device by power state (on/ off)

What’s New 2.8

·        Server component health status monitoring

·        Lenovo AMM component health status monitoring

·        Server age distribution

What’s New 2.7

·        Out-of-band remote KVM

·        Real time server sensors monitoring

·        Cisco UCS blade level modeling

What’s New 2.6

·        Support (row level) cabinet PDU modeling and what-if analysis

·        Visualize blade servers in a chassis

·        What-if power and space capacity analysis

·        Predictive failure analysis of server fans (experimental feature)

What’s New 2.5

·        Device placement based on power and space capacity

·        Server model distribution

·        Server component faults UI improvement

·        Power capping support for IBM IMM2 platform

·        Cooling anomaly detection (experimental feature)

What’s New 2.4

·        New widget on server component faults

·        More options in the rack power capacity view

·        Additional data elements and visualization on advanced telemetry for Node Manager 3.0 platforms

·        Experimental support for platforms based on Redfish standard and rack scaling architecture

What’s New 2.3

·        Chatsworth daisy chain support

·        Historical datacenter layout

·        Support stopping import task

·        Per datacenter dashboard

·        More OSes support (refer to System Requirements)

What’s New 2.2

·        Improved PDU support in hierarchy and logical group

·        Chatsworth Gen1 and Gen 2 PDU support

·        New user role (power user) support

·        Rack orientation in visualized layout

·        Fahrenheit support (experimental feature)

What’s New 2.1

·        LDAP support

·        2D orthogonal thermal map (row level front-panel thermal visualization & room level thermal visualization)

·        Power/space capacity view in physical layout

·        Improvements on physical layout (e.g., configurable origin position, tooltips adjustment, unavailable area modeling, etc.)

·        Export hierarchy

What’s New 2.0

·        Visualize layout of racks in a room

·        Support enclosure level monitoring on IBM CMM platforms

·        Provide a new device status gadget for an overview of device management status

·        Provide out-of-band resource utilization (Compute Usage Per Second: CUPS) data on Grantley servers

·        Provide improvements on powering on/off server or servers

·        Support reporting power of unmanaged chassis by aggregating blade power data with a multiplier

·        Support disabling power/temperature monitoring capability on certain servers with incorrect data reported

What’s New 1.5

·        Support IBM enclosure temperature monitoring

·        Support including enclosure temperature in cooling analysis

·        Support IBM x240 compute node monitoring

·        Support blade level modeling for IBM blade systems

·        Provide what-if power-utilization analysis with power prediction

·        Provide email alert

·        Support power-on/off server or servers with batch policies

·        Improve the scalability of the product

What’s New 1.4

·        Provide Active Directory integrated authentication

·        Support Chatsworth PDUs and rack temperature monitoring through Chatsworth PDU temperature sensors

·        Provide enhancements on the command line tool

·        Provide improvements of Virtual KVM Gateway functions which is enabled through certain license options

What’s New 1.3

·        Provide the console of Virtual KVM Gateway functions which is enabled through certain license options

What’s New 1.2

·        Support searching devices according to device model, connection status,  and capability

·        Support task management of importing hierarchy/devices

·        Provide a command line tool to manipulate hierarchy

·        Provide a new widget of power data summary with peak power data and top power consumers.

What's New 1.1

·        Support monitoring and limiting enclosure level power consumption of enclosure of HP ProLiant SL Scalable system.

·        Support blade level modeling for Dell and HP enclosure.

·        Provide static power profiles for EMC and NetApp storage device.

·        Support associating in-band communication channel to out-of-band IPMI devices to monitor in-band CPU utilization.

·        Support guest role authorization.

·        Provide event reminders of sound and blinking.

·        Support Ubuntu Server 12 x64.

Feature List

Dashboard

The feature provides an overview of datacenter power and temperature status.

Emergency Power Reduction

The feature provides the mechanism to throttle the power of all the devices with power capping capability to the lowest level at datacenter or room level.

Event

Two types of event are supported: device generated event and customized threshold based event.

Data Center Hierarchy Management

The feature provides the functions of manipulating physical hierarchy of the datacenter.

 

Visualized Rack Layout

The feature provides the visualized layout at room level and 2D orthogonal thermal map (row level front-panel thermal visualization and room level thermal visualization)

Visualized Rack

The feature provides the rack view with power and temperature data.

Capacity Planning

Capacity Planning based on power, space, and weight constrains.

Device Management

The feature provides the functions of manipulating devices supported in Intel® Data Center Manager.

Network Discovery

The feature discovers devices supported in Intel® Data Center Manager given the IP range and device credential.

Import Device and Hierarchy

The feature provides the function of importing device and hierarchy from MS Excel file.

Power and Temperature Historical Trending

The feature provides the trending of power and temperature data.

Power Policy

The feature provides power control functions at both the device level and the physical group level.

Cooling Analysis

The feature analyzes the temperature data, evaluates the cooling status, and provides the cooling optimization suggestions.

Low Utilization Server Identification

The feature analyzes the power data to identify servers with low utilizations.

Failure Indicator

Estimate the probability of being unhealthy for servers / components.

Server Power Characteristics

The feature analyzes the power data to identify power characteristics per server model.

Group

The feature provides the mechanism to group devices with certain common characteristics defined by users.

Power Estimation

The feature estimates power for devices without power monitoring capability.

 

System Requirements 

Intel® Data Center Manager Console has been validated on the following operating systems (64-bit version) and web browser:

·        Microsoft Windows Server 2012

·        Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

·        Microsoft Windows Server 2016

·        Microsoft Windows Server 2019

·        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 Server x86_64

·        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Server x86_64

·        Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 x86_64

·        Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 x86_64

·        Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2 x86_64

·        Ubuntu Server 18.04 x86_64

·        Ubuntu Server 20.4.2 x86_64

·        CentOS 7.9 x86_64

·        CentOS 8.3 x86_64

·        Debian 9.13 x86_64

·        Debian 10.8 x86_64

·        Mozilla Firefox 89

·        Google Chrome 91

·        Microsoft Edge 91

 

It is recommended to install the Intel® DCM Console server on a system with at least:

·        A dual-core processor of 2.6 GHz or higher

·        8GB RAM

·        80GB of hard drive space

 

Below is recommended configuration for a scaled environment (e.g. managing up to 20,000 IPMI based nodes):

·        2 * Intel® Xeon® CPU E5-2699 v3 @ 2.30GHz

·        64GB RAM

·        800GB SSD 

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