Access HP’s ILO remote console via SSH

It happened many times to need a quick access to the remote console of a server like HP's ILO and not be able to open a web browser just to access it.
So let access it via SSH. Here goes.

ssh ilo_admin@ip_address

2. Enter your ILO admin account and password. After that you will see the ILO prompt.

hpILO->

3. To access the remote console of the server at the ILO prompt type "TEXTCONS"

hpILO->TEXTCONS

4. You will be presented with the Login: console. Enter your root or user account of the server to gain access.

Login:

Voilà!

One thought on “Access HP’s ILO remote console via SSH”

  1. Using HP iLO 5 I receive:
    “Monitor is in graphics mode or an unsupported text mode.”
    From the web interface, I see the console is in “text” mode, not a GUI.
    And the console/screen is “stuck” no keys work, can’t exit, can’t ESCape, no ctrl- keys do anything.

    I managed to use another terminal to kill -HUP the ssh I used to access the iLO console.

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