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Configure HP Integrated Lights Out (ILO) Step by Step

Easily one of the best features of HP servers is their Integrated Lights Out (ILO) remote management interface. Having the ability to remotely access HP servers from POST to OS is an invaluable tool. Standard ILO features include remote shutdown and startup, virtual media, text mode console redirect and access to hardware logs, status and diagnostic tools. Full graphical remote console redirection is available with the advanced license. This article will outline step by step how to configure and access ILO on a fresh out the box Proliant ML350 G5 server. First, connect the ILO designated network port to your switch or management network.

Most brand new HP servers come with an information tag attached. Printed on the tag is the server serial number and Integrated Lights Out access information including factory set username and password.

The easiest way to access the ILO configuration utility is during the POST by pressing F8 when prompted.

The menu is straightforward and self explanatory. Use the arrow keys to navigate. Select Enter while the Set Defaults option is highlighted to revert back to factory settings. First, access the Network menu, disable DHCP and change the DNS name

Then configure your static ip settings

Next, set the Administrator password or create new user.

Note that the username and password are both case sensitive. Select Exit to save and reset ILO with the new settings. Test access to the ILO web interface.

Checking DHCP leases and configuration from the server OS are some alternate setup options if your server is already in production and the ILO settings were not configured beforehand. If DHCP is accessible from the ILO interface connected network then check the leases for the DNS name printed on the tag. Use the leased ip to access the web interface and login with the factory username and password. All the same settings from the POST utility can be configured through the ILO web interface. HP also provides a utility called HPONCFG which allows for command line interaction with ILO and scripting functionality.

Integrated Lights-Out 2, or iLO2 is an embedded server management technology exclusive to HewlettPackard but similar in functionality to the Lights out management (LOM) technology of other vendors. iLO 2 can remotely perform most functions that otherwise require a visit to servers at the data center, computer room or remote location. HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO) is a hardware component on the HP server. This is a card/chip which is usually integrated to the system board. You do not need an Operating System for iLO2 to work. It is on Hardware level. iLO2 has its own network connection and IP, and through it you can take remote of the server and use it. How to Reset iLO 2: Have you ever wondered how to reset iLO2 if it gets slow or stuck? You may reset iLO2 if it gets stuck OR if you receive messages like there is a session already in progress etc, below provided are the different

methods of resetting iLO2. Note that resetting iLO2 will not affect the functionality of server. You can reset iLO2 while the server is in production. Here in this post, I am sharing how you can reset iLO2. Method 1: You may reset iLO from iLO web browser itself, this is the easiest method. 1. Open the iLO web interface. (Enter iLO ip address in web browser for the log-in screen to appear)

2. Enter your iLO login-name and Password. Now you will be at the main screen of iLO2.

3. Click Diagnostics from the left menu.

4. Click the Reset button.

5. Click OK button in response to Are you sure you want to reset iLO 2message. 6. It may take 30-60 seconds for the iLO to reboot. Be patient Method 2: For some users, clicking Apply button in Network settings of iLO 2 worked. This is happens because when we change any Network settings of iLO, iLO reset itself for the changes to take affect. Here is how you can do it. 1. From the main screen of iLO2, click on Administration tab 2. From the left pane, click on Settings. Then click on Network

3. Click on Apply button (No need to change any network settings). 4. Your iLO browser window will be terminated. 5. It may take 30-60 seconds for the iLO to reboot. Method 3: This is an offline method, it means you need to be present in the server room to perform this task. If above said methods fails, then you need to perform this steps. 1. Turn OFF your Server. 2. Disconnect the Power supply unit (PSU) and Power supply cables from server. 3. After 2 -3 minutes, press and hold the Server Power button for 45 seconds. 4. Do not Turn ON server now. 5. Wait for 2-3 minutes, connect the Power supply and Power cable back to the server. 6. Do not turn ON server now. 7. Turn ON Server after 1-2 minutes. 8. After about 1-2 minutes the ILO should be ready for use.