iLO service port

HPE iLO Service port – How to use it?

The HPE ProLiant Gen10 Server has iLO 5 which now has a new iLO USB port on the front. This new ILO 5 service port has some useful features and use cases which guest blogger Armin is Kerl going to be showing you how to use. Your can learn more about Armin in the guest blogger hall of fame.

iLO service port

What is The HPE iLO 5 Service Port?

The iLO service port can be used for:

  • Downloading the Active Health System Log to a supported USB flash drive.
  • Connecting a client (such as a laptop) with a supported USB to a Ethernet adapter in order to access the iLO web interface, remote console, CLI, iLO RESTful API, or scripts.

How to use the iLO 5 Service Port

Getting connected is a simple two step process:

  1. Use a supported USB to Ethernet adapter to connect a client laptop to the Service Port (the USB port labeled iLO, on the front of the server).

The iLO Service Port supports USB Ethernet adapters that contain one of the following chips by ASIX Electronics Corporation: AX88772, AX88772A, AX88772B, AX88772C. Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends the HPE USB to ethernet adapter with part number: Q7Y55A

In this example I am using this No-Name Adapter

USB 2 LAN Dongle

  1. Connect to iLO through a browser by using this fixed IPv4 address:
    (The Client will get a DHCP IP Address from the iLO.)

iLO Login page

After the Login, we see the Standard iLO Menu:

iLO Menu

Also accessing the iLO Remote Console is possible:

iLO Remote Console

Here is my Laptop with attached ProLiant Server:

Laptop connected to ILO 5 service port

When to use the service port

I see two main use cases.

  1. Setup of a new Server in the lab
    In the past we connected the PC by the iLO LAN Port.
    However, there are problems with this approach:
    – If we use our company LAN, there is DHCP but then I cannot configure the customer IP.
    – If we use the customer IP, there is no DHCP and we need to attach monitor/keyboard first.
    Now I am able to patch it to my PC, simply connect to the fixed IP Address and can configure the Server iLO with Customer IP Address.
  2. At a Customer Site
    Most Customers are no longer using KVM Switches and Consoles, they use iLO for Remote access. But if iLO connection is not possible (unknown IP, not cabled), they have to attach a local Monitor and Keyboard/Mouse. Now we can simply plug in the USB2LAN Adapter and connect a Laptop.

My Enhancement

I tried to connect the USB2LAN Adapter via a Nano Wi-Fi-Access Point.

This was the particular model:

Nano Router

Here is the Nano Router config:

WiFi information

WiFi IP address

iLO 5 with WiFi

Now I am able to connect to the server without any cables by using Wi-Fi.
This works not only in my lab but in the workplace. 🙂




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Join me for a live webinar – Optimizing HPE & Veeam for the AlwaysOn Enterprise

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I am working with Veeam to present a live Webinar next week titled Optimizing HPE & Veeam for the AlwaysOn Enterprise. In which I am going to cover my top tips for getting the best performance from your 3PAR systems in conjunction with Veeam covering how HPE and Veeam work together.

On the 3PAR side you will be able to learn about performance optimisation under the following areas.

  • Choosing the 3PAR model for your needs
  • Hardware layout best practices
  • Getting the most form the available performance enhancing tools  – Adaptive Optimization, Dynamic Optimization, Adaptive Flash Cache
  • Hardware upgrade considerations
  • Plus other performance tips

Russell Noalan will be joining me from Veeam to cover:

  • How Veeam and HPE are better together
  • How Veeam can improve backup performance in HPE storage infrastructures
  • What’s coming in v10 of Veeam Backup & Replication

It really does look like an interesting session, I definitely want to see whats coming in Veeam V10 so please do join us by registering for the webinar. See you there!




HPE grabs a bargain with Simplivity acquisition

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When I first heard the rumors about the HPE Simplivity take over at the end of last year, I must say I was really excited. 3PAR has long been the jewel in HPE’S storage crown, but at times it has seemed like it’s stood alone. The real strength of a large company like HPE comes when they have a broad portfolio of products, meeting a range of customer’s needs and offering interoperability between them.



The Simplivity deal was confirmed this week at a bargain basement price of $650 million. Given that 3PAR was acquired for $2.4 billion and SolidFire was purchased for $870 million this really does seem like a great price for one of the leading vendors in the hyper-converged space.

For those not familiar with Simplivity, they are the number two player in the hyper-converged market i.e. converged server and hypervisor in a single unit. The hyper-converged market has been growing very strongly, appealing to customers who have seen the simplicity and speed of deployment in the cloud and wish for a similar experience in their data centre. Hyper-converged appliances offer the rapid deployment and easy management customers are looking for. Since core components of the infrastructure are deployed /managed from a single interface and contained within the same piece of hardware.

Simplivity currently sell their offering in the form of what they call an OmniCube which is a 2U appliance bundling the compute, hypervisor and Simplivity software. Simplivity also currently offer solutions based on Cisco, Dell, Huawei and Lenovo hardware. Given that HPE is the world’s largest server manufacturer this is a great tie up. It seems unlikely the existing deals with other server manufacturers will continue beyond the day the deal goes live, and that future generations of Simplivity will be ProLiant based.


Hyper-converged market pressure

This must however be food for thought for the other hyper-converged players and the start-up storage market as a whole. Observers have been predicting the shake-up of the hyper converged market, which though growing strongly seemed to have a disproportionate number of companies competing. This along with several key players strengthening their position such as Nutanix managing to IPO, VMware’s VSAN product continuing to mature and now HPE’s deal must put even more pressure on the remaining vendors. Although it is worth noting that Nutanix stock finished the day after the announcement (18/1/16) down 6.26%.


HPE’s handling of previous takeovers has been mixed, of course 3PAR was a real success. I think the winning formula was to bring across as many key individuals as possible, don’t do anything drastic initially to let the product speak for its self before offering integration with other products and common management tools etc. NetApp appears to have followed this sort of approach with SolidFire, which again looks like a successful acquisition

Real points of interest will be firstly to see what they do with the existing hyper converged range.  The HC systems based on the grand daddy of all hyper converged software Lefthand,  now looks in a perfect precarious position.  I don’t see them supporting and investing into separate product lines in the long term.

Integration with existing storage products such as 3PAR will likely be added to the roadmap, as well as integration with converged solutions such as Synergy.

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