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Reset HP ILO password

I am continually getting emails from server admins around the world asking me about resetting the ILO password for HP servers. I’ve decided to write a quite guide on how to do this — I hope you find it useful.

I used this link on HP’s support site to help.

Ready? Let’s begin!

Copy the following text to notepad and save as xml. Now run the hponcfg utility, to load this configuration:

In summary it will reset the username and password to Administrator and the password to bladewatch, it won’t modify any network settings, but will rename the ILO – you can always rename the ILO afterwards, or just remove the bits you don’t want, just remove the text enclosure ip enable value to reg ddns server.

You’ll need a relatively new version of the firmware on the ILO – it will work on HP Proliant rack servers like DL380G4 – anything with the integrated lights out, firmware should be at least

<RIBCL version=”1.2″>


<USER_INFO MODE=”write”>

<MOD_USER USER_LOGIN=”Administrator”>
<PASSWORD value=”bladewatch”/>



<RIB_INFO MODE = “w” >




<DNS_NAME VALUE = “Gerald”/>




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