Rack Topology tab

The Rack Topology tab shows a graphical representation of the physical enclosure, called the graphical view. The graphical view consists of a front view and a rear view. When you mouse over a device in the graphical view, a window appears with information on that device. The graphical view provides status on each device in the enclosure and gives you the option of selecting an individual device for more detailed information.

Selecting a device

To select a device, click the graphical representation of the device in the front or rear graphical view. When you select a device, the surrounding border changes from gray to light blue to indicate it is the currently selected device. Selecting a device in the graphical view selects the corresponding device in the left navigation tree view. When you select a device from any part of the navigation system, the rest of the navigation reflects that device selection event and updates accordingly.

Status reporting

The graphical view reports the status of every device in the enclosure. The status of each device is indicated on the device by a small status icon. No status icon appears for a device that is working properly and has an OK status. However, any other status codes appear as status icons on the device.

The graphical view does not report the presence or absence of hard drives in the server blade or storage blade.

Device security

Although the front and rear graphical views are both affected by user permissions, security on the graphical view is handled differently from the left tree view. If the user does not have permission to access a device, a blank bay appears regardless of whether a device is present in that bay, and a padlock icon in the bay table cell appears, indicating that the bay is locked to the current user.

The user cannot select a locked bay. When the user’s mouse hovers over the locked bay, a message appears, indicating that the user does not have permission to access the device in that bay.

Rack information



Enclosure Name

The user-configured name of the enclosure in the rack.

Serial Number

The unique serial number for the enclosure.

Part Number

The part number of the enclosure used when obtaining a new or replacement enclosure.

Asset Tag

The asset tag is used for inventory control.

UID State

Displays On or Off, depending on whether the UID is active.

To update the rack topology information, click Refresh Topology. When Refresh Topology is selected the Rack Topology screen switches to the Linked Mode and all linked enclosures appear.

Linked enclosures

The Rack Topology tab displays all linked enclosures, which will have one of the following states:

  • Linked—Not Signed In. Enter a user name and password in the text boxes, and click Sign In. A graphical view of the enclosure appears.
  • Linked—Signed In with the Load Enclosure Information button. Click Load Enclosure Information to display the graphical view of the enclosure.
  • Linked—Signed In with a graphical view of the enclosure displayed.

Click Sign Out on the right side of the linked enclosure name bar to sign out of a linked enclosure.

Rack Topology tab