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HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO 5) for Gen10 Servers - Overview

Product description

iLO is an embedded technology that ships in HPE servers. It is the core foundation for the intelligence of the HPE servers. This technology is combination of the iLO ASIC that is part of the server-board and the firmware that powers the ASIC. Industry leading features that enhance server administrator productivity are available through optional licenses. The available licenses are iLO advanced premium security edition (Supported only on Gen10 and later servers), iLO advanced, iLO essentials and iLO scale out (Supported on all generation servers)


What’s new

iLO 5 firmware version v1.20

  1. HTML5 remote console

    • No dependency on JAVA or .NET
    • Native browser support for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari
    • Support for Windows, Linux, Mac clients
    • Keyboard, video, mouse redirection
    • Virtual media support (VIA URLs)
  2. GUI and REST API to configure power settings for Apollo servers

  3. GUI and REST API to configure drive zoning for Apollo servers

  4. Support for IPv6 on share network port

  5. Support for Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) for CAC/SmartCard/Certificate based authentication

  6. Support for RSA-PSS certificate signatures

  7. RSA cipher support in CNSA mode

  8. Added NVMe drive properties to Redfish


Product features

Alert administration for HPE ProLiant
  • HPE iLO for ProLiant support delivery of SNMP server agent alerts as well as internally generated management processor alerts (For example: Unsuccessful login attempt), to a management console such as HPE Systems Insight Manager (HPE SIM), insight control, OneView

  • Traps forwarded by the processor can be configured in insight manager for delivery to an administrator's pager or E-mail

Always on intelligent provisioning
  • Intelligent Provisioning is now always ON. Intelligent provisioning is accessible from the iLO browser user interface anytime without having to reboot user server

  • Clicking Always on to access intelligent provisioning has the same capabilities as accessing intelligent provisioning by pressing F10 from the post screen

Auto-configuration of IP address using Domain Name Services (DNS)/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for HPE ProLiant
  • HPE iLO for ProLiant provides automatic network configuration

  • A default name and DHCP client that leases an IP address from the DHCP server on the network are standard with HPE iLO for ProLiant

  • This allows the management processor to register its device name with DNS and Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)

  • For systems that do not use DNS/DHCP, static IP configuration is also supported

Automated group administration and actions for HPE ProLiant
  • HPE iLO for ProLiant group administration automates configuring and managing large deployments of iLO processors

  • Using iLO's extensive scripting language with HPE Lights-Out configuration utility, the HPE Lights-Out online configuration utility or RESTful interface tool, an administrator can easily configure all settings for mass deployments, control all functions and activate the HPE iLO for ProLiant advanced license keys simultaneously on multiple HPE ProLiant iLO processors

  • With a batch process or HPE SIM's powerful device query mechanism, these utilities enable scalable use and management of HPE ProLiant iLO's
Auxiliary power for HPE ProLiant
  • Because the HPE iLO for ProLiant management processor obtains its power from the auxiliary power plane of the server, it is always ON when the server is plugged into a power source

  • If the server provides Redundant Power Supplies (RPS) then the HPE iLO for ProLiant will use redundant power and will continue operation in the event of a power supply failure

POST LED indicator for HPE ProLiant
  • The iLO has been designed to provide feedback during the POST process as a blade system does not include a directly attached monitor

  • The iLO blinks the server health LED during the boot process to enable the onsite administrator the results of the POST process

Embedded system health for HPE ProLiant
  • On supported server models, the HPE iLO for ProLiant management processor monitors fans, temperature sensors, power supply sensors and VRMs without having the system management driver loaded

  • The status of these is accessible from all HPE iLO for ProLiant user interfaces (Browser, SMASH command line Redfish API, XML scripts and IPMI) Independent of the host Operating System (OS)

  • The intelligence of iLO manages the Sea of Sensors thermal control, directs the dynamic power capping technology and monitors the health of server components

Flexible interfaces for HPE ProLiant
Using any of the HPE iLO for ProLiant interfaces, users can configure, update and control all HPE iLO for ProLiant standard functions regardless of the state of the host server or OS:
  • Browser

  • Redfish API

  • Command line

  • Scripting

  • Intelligent platform management interface

Flexible network connectivity for HPE ProLiant
HPE iLO for ProLiant provides a choice between two network connection methods to access all functionality:
  • Dedicated connection

  • Shared network port

Flexible setup options for HPE ProLiant
  • An onboard ROM-based configuration utility allows fast and easy setup without additional software. HPE iLO for ProLiant can also be setup VIA the browser or command line interface over the network

  • Integration with Smart Start scripting toolkit allows configuration of the card as part of the initial server deployment

  • For large deployments, the HPE Lights-Out configuration utility or the iLO REST tool can be used to configure groups of HPE iLO for ProLiant processors, saving time and resources

iLO access options and services control (iLO 5 and above only)
Ability to turn enable/disable iLO access options and services
iLO repository (iLO 5 and above only)
  • Storage space earmarked in the iLO which can be used as a repository for firmware, drivers and software components

  • The components can be organized in to install sets and can be used to rollback/Patch faulty firmware

iLO security modes (iLO 5 and above only)
Ability to put harden iLO for specific security requirements
iLO service port (Gen10 servers and above only)
  • The iLO Service port is a USB port connected to the iLO and is located on the front panel of the server

  • Users can connect their laptops to this port VIA a USB-Ethernet adapter (HPE recommends using the HPE part Q7Y55A) and get the full access to the Integrate remote console

  • Users can also connect a USB drive to this port and download service logs to it

Immutable root of trust (iLO 5 and later only)
Signatures for validation of integrity of iLO and UEFI/BIOS are built into the iLO ASIC. This prevents any possibility of tampering of security signatures throughout the supply-chain
iLO management for HPE ProLiant
HPE Agentless management 2.0:The base hardware monitoring and alerting capability is built into the system (Running on the HPE iLO chipset) and starts working the moment that a power cord and an Ethernet cable is connected to the server. This means that:
  • All core management is out-of-band for increased security and stability: no OS software required, no open SNMP port on the OS and zero downtime updates

  • Monitor and alerting on key internal server components: CPUs, memory, temperatures, fans, Smart Array controllers, hard drives (Including cache modules) and power supplies

  • HPE SIM can see the system and will give users preview of the system health summary and sub-system details

  • iLO integrates with HPE OneView

HPE Active Health System
  • HPE Active health system is an essential component of the HPE iLO management

  • It provides users with: Diagnostics tools/scanners wrapped into one; always on, continuous monitoring for increased stability and shorter downtimes; Rich configuration history; health and service alerts; Easy export and upload to service and support

HPE Active Healthy System Viewer Tool
Enables user to read the active health system log files. It will provide errors messages and advises on a resolution. Use can create a support file, simply by uploading users AHS log file from within this tool
HPE Intelligent Provisioning
  • Let's users provision and configure a single server without any separate media

  • No more Smart Start CDs or smart update firmware DVDs are needed

HPE Embedded Remote Support
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers embedded remote support that allows a user to enable remote support directly from iLO (Also OA and IP) without installing OS agents on the device, greatly reducing the time to activate remote monitoring

  • Through insight remote support 7.0.5 and later versions and insight online direct connect capability, users now benefit from 24x7 remote monitoring, auto-generated service events, support cases and anywhere, anytime monitoring with HPE Insight online, a personalized cloud-based IT dashboard

Devices supported
  • HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL120 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant XL170r Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant XL190r Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant XL230k Gen10 Server

  • HPE ProLiant XL450 Gen10 Server

  • HPE Synergy 480 Gen10 Compute Module

  • HPE Synergy 660 Gen10 Compute Module

iLO federation discovery
Built in standard uniquely recognizes numerous servers at once via multicast discovery methods supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 environment providing the following information:
  • Queries and displays group health status

  • Displays group configuration

  • Provides registered server name

  • Discovers and identifies what servers have licenses installed

See the section below for additional iLO federation management features that are supported with the iLO advanced license
iLO RESTful Application Program Interface (API)
The iLO RESTful API management interface functionality is available for iLO 4, iLO 5 and Moonshot iLO Chassis management module-based. Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers uses the basic HTTP operations (GET, PUT, POST, DELETE, and PATCH) to either submit or return a JSON formatted resource to or from a URI
The API enables users to manage one or multiple servers to:
  • Get full inventory

  • Control power and reset

  • Configure BIOS, iLO 4, iLO 5 and Smart Array (Supported only on iLO 5/Gen10 controllers and above) settings

  • Status of server health

  • Fetch event logs and SSH serial console

  • And more


Software and security overview

Software technical support and update service
  • All HPE iLO licenses include 1 or 3 yrs. of 24x7 HPE Software technical support and update service. 24x7 HPE Software technical support and update service care can also be purchased on a standalone basis

  • This service provides access to HPE technical resources for help in resolving software implementation or operational problems

  • With the software technical support and update services, HPE iLO licensed users will benefit from expedited problem resolution and proactive notification and delivery of iLO software updates

OS support
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 errata kernel-3.10.0-514.6.1.el7

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 installation kit

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3

  • VMware vSphere 6.0, 6.5

Client browser support
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) - Mozilla Firefox

  • Microsoft edge

  • Google chrome

Command line support
  • Secure shell and serial port access

  • Secure shell version 2

  • CLP and XML scripting interface

  • RESTful interface tool

  • Immutable silicon root of trust

  • Runtime firmware validation

  • CNSA support

  • Common access card support

  • Security modes

  • Granular control over iLO services and access options

  • Encrypted virtual media

Directory support services
Active directory, OpenLDAP, Novell eDirectory
Driver support
HPE ProLiant iLO management controller driver package
Management protocols supported
SNMP, IPMI 2.0 (System and LAN interface), DMTF systems management architecture for Server Hardware Command Line Protocol (SMASH CLP), HPE RIBCL XML, and iLO RESTful API (Redfish spec conformance)


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