HP ILO – Software for Supporting Servers
Today, one of the most effective tools for remote control and support of servers is HP ILO Management. Any purchase of a new server whether it is for virtualization of for a specific application should be purchased with a license for ILO.
The basic license come with the HP server but the cost of the advanced settings is minimal for the benefits gained form having this important tool for server support and recovery. The basic license permits remote access to the server’s status and hardware. It will permit an admin to see hardware status and other important information regarding the server’s current health status including logs all remotely. The missing feature which I find to be so important is the remote controls access.
With the advanced license an admin can not only benefit from the basic features but will also have control access to the server without being at the location of the server. This has become increasingly important as many more companies have moved to cloud, hosted or using co-lo and off-site data centers for their hardware. enabling this feature is an upgrade and with are more access of a bare-bone server can be achieved to configure the drives in a RAID volume and also permits the installation of an operating system without having to be present. A server for example can be shipped to a location and with ILO pre-configured (which saves some time) or not, gain remote access to it to apply firmware updates, and configure drives and install an operating system. This remote access and support is similar to software for online desktop remote support software and software for online desktop remote support in that it permits access and control of a system from a distant location. Often, the remote access is from the internet but is not exclusive to web based access. Remote access can be on a local area network.
Overall, HP ILO Management is an outstanding tool for accessing a server when it first deployed, has an issue and will not boot into the installed standard operating system which can be VMware , Windows, Linux or other. It is also invaluable for remote access to update the hardware without having to be onsite. The remote accessibility of the server’s console can increase support levels and help training and team access to a server to solve an issue to setup a server remotely. As online remote support software or an installation tool for remote access to install and configure a new server, HP ILO management Advanced supplies administrators a tool for which to access servers of all types. ILO is available on tower , rack and blade center servers. It is available from entry level to powerful enterprise server hardware. It is worth the cost of the advanced license.
Dell BCM or iDRAC is also provides administrators with the ability to access the remote control of a server over the network and over the Internet. Web based access to the console of a server is similar to HP’s ILO. It is analigus and very much similar to web based remote support software for online desktop remote control support. With a browser, system administrators and support personnel can access and control the console of the server pre-installation and post installation. A server can have no drives or un-configured drives. The server hardware can be experiencing a problem and needs diagnostic utilities run like Dell’s Server diagnostic tools part of Dell’s Systems Management. All can be done remotely, through the web on on the local area network. Obtaining iDRAC or DRAc cards for your server is well worth the investment in technology.