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1) Make sure that the iLO management processor is installed and running. I won’t go into that but here is a nice article about iLO setup –
2) This is a schema-free integration using the iLO Web Interface.
3) For the web interface to be accessible, the iLO software version should be 1.80 and later.
4) To access the Web GUI for iLO, type the DNS name or IP address in the browser URL.

(Note: If the page fails to load, that may be because of SSL certificate not being accepted. In Internet Explorer, go to Tools and then Internet Options and then click Advanced tab. Check the Use SSL 2.0/3/0 and TLS 1.0. Click Apply and then OK. Restart the browser window and try again and you will get the browser page as shown in the above screenshot.)

5) Login using the username given on the iLO tag that is attached to the server. This is usually “Administrator” and the password which is also given on the same tag.
6) After successful login, you will be able to view the following screen.

7) Now, click the Administration tab and the Directory Settings, as shown below.

8) Next, you will see a page that requires choosing Authentication settings and entering Directory Server settings. Choose “Use Directory Default Schema”

(Note: I have entered the Directory Server Address as one of the Domain Controllers. The LDAP port is by default – 636. For Directory User Context, I have entered the user group giving permission for access.)

9) Next after applying the settings, click the “Administer Groups” button which takes you to the page for setting Group Administration. Select one that you want to view/modify.

10) For “Administrator Group Settings”, you would want to grant access as “Yes” to all the options. You can choose according for other types of users and also custom special user groups for iLO.

11) Go back to “Directory Settings” page. Click “Test Settings” button to run Directory Tests.

12) To confirm that iLO is actually functioning after the server is powered down, click the “Virtual Devices” tab. Then click the “Virtual Power” link.

13) In the page that shows setting for Virtual Power, select the method to power on the server. By default the method is “Momentary Press”. Click the “Virtual Power” button. Click the “Submit” button for Power Configuration Settings which is “Yes” by default. This will result in powering on the server (machine).

14) Click the “Remote Console” tab and then the “Remote Console” in the left pane, which results in popup window that lets you access the server (machine) remotely.


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

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

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: