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HP ilo4 serial console and Ubuntu 14.04

03 May 2015

This is a quick run through on how to get the HP ilo4 VSP working with Ubuntu.

First we need to modify the grub config.

root@microserver:/home/jon# vim /etc/default/grub

Add the following to your config.

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="text console=tty0 console=ttyS1,115200n8"

Because we have edited the grub config, we need to update grub.

root@microserver:/etc/init#update-grub

Now we just need to edit the tty1 config. I found it easier just to backup the old one and add in the new. root@microserver:~# mv /etc/init/tty1.conf /etc/init/tty1.conf.old

Now, create an new tty1.conf and paste the following into it.

root@microserver:~#vim /etc/init/tty1.conf

Paste in the following.

ttyS1 - getty
#
# This service maintains a getty on tty1 from the point the system is
# started until it is shut down again.
start on stopped rc RUNLEVEL=[2345] and (
not-container or
container CONTAINER=lxc or
container CONTAINER=lxc-libvirt)
stop on runlevel [!2345]
respawn
exec /sbin/getty -8 115200 ttyS1

Now, log into the ilo in another console and reboot the server from your orignal console, you should it boot up through the ilo console.

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