VMware error on HP Proliant “Host Baseboard Management Controller status”


KB ID 0000418 Dtd 22/03/11


Saw this today on a HP Proliant DL380 G7 Server.

Host Baseboard Management Controller status


1. It’s a simple one to solve, the server was built with the HP ESXi build, and the management agents are complaining because the iLO is not connected to the network.

2. When you connect the iLO socket to the network the alarm should change as shown below.

Warning Host Baseboard Management Controller status

3. Once you have connected or disabled it you can reset the alarm.

reset vmware alarm

4. Take the opportunity to log in and configure the iLO. Access via an internet browser (it will get a DHCP address by default, you can set a static IP address by entering the iLO setup at boot (see disabling iLO section below)).

5. The user name is Administrator (capital A) and the password will be either on a pull out tab on the front of the server, or a brown cardboard label tied to the front of the server (you did keep that didn’t you!), or on a brown sticker on top of the server chassis. On certain models HP also stick this information under the server lid.

iLOusername and password

6. Then you can log in and configure.

connect to iLO

Disable the iLO

1. If you do not want to use the iLO then you can disable it (I cant think why you would want to, because its a handy piece of kit, but heres how to do it.)

2. Reboot the server, and when prompted press F8 to enter the iLO setup.

iLO press f8

3. Settings > Configure.

configure iLO

4. These are the default settings, use the cursor keys to select and the space bar to enable/disable the options.

iLO options

5. All disabled.

disable iLO


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