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HP ILO Already In Use

I love HP’s Integrated Lights-Out management.  That really give power to remote administration allowing you to do virtual everything..well…virtually. :) When you first start using it however, you’ll often bump in to this error:

The Integrated Remote Console is unavailable, it is already in use by a different client

Rebooting won’t help because ILO stays powered on through a reboot.  For some reason, even if every original client has closed the browser it can still get hung thinking someone is connected.  You could remove the power from the server and that would clear it but that’s hardly a solution.  The fix is to change the settings to allow you to “Acquire”.  Here’s how:

  1. Log in to the ILO admin tool.
  2. Click the Remote Console tab.
  3. On the left, click Settings
  4. Change Remote Console Acquire from the default of disabled to enabled.
  5. Click Apply

This does mean that another admin could knock you off your remote session but I think I can live with that scenario.  Now if you try to connect and it’s in use, you’ll get the option to Acquire.  It says it can take 30 seconds to connect and often it seems to hang on “Attempting to connect to iLO remote console”. I usually wait the 30 seconds and if it doesn’t connect (which it usually fails) I think go right back and try again and it works just fine.

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