Reset HP iLO 2 Password without Server reboot

Posted: April 13, 2012 in HP
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It is possible to reset the Administrator password (or even add another user with specific privileges) using Remote Insight Board Command Language (RIBCL). Apparently, to use RIBCL through your OS, you need to have login rights to the server (presumably enough rights to install HP system tools).  Following steps are to be performed:

1. Install SNMP (prerequisite for HP Insight Management Agents)

2. Download and Install HP Insight Management Agents

http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/im-agents/downloads.html

3. Download and Install HP Lights-Out Online Configuration Utility

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=1135772&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=1146658&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1005

Note 1: If these Agents and Configuration Utility are already installed, upgrade them

Note 2: If you encounter NTVDM error while installing HP Lights-Out Online Configuration Utility, just use a common compression tool like WinZip or WinRAR to extract the contents to C:\Program Files\HP or C:\HP\iLO.

4. Download HP Lights-Out XML Scripting Sample for Windows. Extract its contents to a folder.

Choose the following two XML files and copy them to the folder where you extracted the HP Lights-Out Online Configuration Utility.

- Administrator_reset_pw.xml or Change_Password.xml 
- Add_User.xml

Note 3: If you extracted HP Lights-Out Online Configuration Utility to C:\Program Files\HP or C:\HP\iLO, then there will be a folder named “HPONCFG” which will contain the required utility “hponcfg.exe”

Note 4: Make sure that you copy the above mentioned files within the folder called “HPONCFG”

5. Using notepad (any text editor), open up the Administrator_reset_pw.xml sample file and modified it slightly as per your requirement. The initial LOGIN USER_LOGIN is required for syntax reasons but it is not actually processed. I gave the Administrator a “bogus” password.

Similarly, you can use Change_Password.xml sample to reset Administrator (or even other passwords)

Below shown is the screenshot that shows the modified sample file I made for resetting “Administrator” password.

6. If changing Administrator’s password seems risky, you can also add another user with administrator privileges. You can then login as that user and change the Administrator password via the web console. Below shown is the screenshot that shows the modified sample file to add a user.

7. Finally open command prompt and change directory path to C:\Program Files\HP\hponcfg or C:\hp\ilo\hponcfg and type the following:

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