Prepare XClarity Administrator to update switch firmware

Follow the instructions in this topic to prepare XClarity Administrator to update Lenovo switch firmware.

Using XClarity Administrator to update Lenovo switch firmware is straightforward and quick. Before updating, the switches must be managed by XClarity Administrator. To verify that XClarity Administrator manages the switches, use the top menu in XClarity Administrator to navigate to Hardware > Switches. If you do not see all the solution switches as shown in the screen capture below, refer to the “Manage the switches” topic in Appendix A: XClarity Administrator deployment and configuration for steps to manage the switches.

Figure 1.

XClarity Administrator must be prepared to perform switch firmware updates exactly as it is prepared to update node firmware. If not already done, refer to Preparing to update ThinkAgile SXM firmware and Configure XClarity Administrator for a specific Best Recipe to prepare XClarity Administrator to update the switch firmware.

Once XClarity Administrator has been prepared to update the firmware on the switches, it is important to verify that the Azure Stack Hub environment is healthy. Sign in to the Azure Stack Hub Administrator Portal and verify that no alerts are displayed. We will refer back to the portal throughout this process to check the general health of the solution.
Figure 2. Verifying Azure Stack Hub health before update
Screenshot of verifying Azure Stack Hub health before update