HP iLO 4 free feature set

I bought an HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8 as a home server, and I’ve been playing around with iLO. I couldn’t find a clear description from HP about which features of iLO require a “iLO 4 Advanced” license and which don’t. Since I have only worked with totally commodity or super-weird hardware at home and work, I had no assumptions about iLO or IPMI in general. So I kept track of some of it and wrote it down.

Here is the information I’ve collected so far:

You cannot do the following without a license:

From the machine itself, you can reboot the iLO module and change some of its network configuration via ipmitool. This post has more information. There are official HP tools for interacting with the iLO module from the main machine as well, but they’re packaged for major releases only, so they’re not necessarily a breeze to install if you’re a debian testing (“jessie”, as of now) hipster like I am.

This is not exhaustive. This is just everything I’ve seen so far.

Aside: After screwing up the network configuration of the iLO module once in the first half hour of playing with it, it was tremendously useful that I could reboot the iLO module from the main machine. (Not just the other way around!) I’m now thinking that it would be useful if all my machines could restart each other.

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