BRC - How to Configure the iLO for G7 and G8 Appliances

Written By Tami Sutcliffe (Super Administrator)

Updated at August 31st, 2023

These instructions are designed for the iLO 3 (G7 appliance) and iLO 4 (G8 appliance) configuration. Configuring the iLO is the same process for both models of Axcient appliances.  

The model type of the appliance is indicated by the first two letters of the serial number:

  • G7 appliances: AF, AG, AH, BE, or BG
  • G8 appliances: BJ, BK, or BL 

During the boot process, the user will need to press the F2 key. Shortly after, the user will be prompted to press the F8 key with the message:

Hit F8 to continue to iLO configuration

There user will have a short window to press both keys. If the user is unable to press both keys, simply reboot the appliance and try again.

iLO management port

The user will need to connect an Ethernet cable to the appropriate port on the appliance.

If a dedicated iLO management port is available on the appliance, the user can use that in order to leverage the iLO feature. This port is labeled Mgmt.

If  no dedicated iLO management iLO port is not available, the user can share the Eth1 ethernet port to leverage the iLO feature.

Below is an example of the Mgmt port location on a 1U appliance.

Example of the Mgmt port on an Axcient appliance

Configure iLO Network settings

Step 1 – In the Integrated Lights Out screen, navigate to the File tab and select Set Defaults to reset the iLO values to system defaults.

Step 2 – Navigate to the Network tab and do one of the following:

  • To use DHCP, skip to Step 6.
  • To use a static IP address (recommended), select DNS/DHCP.

Axcient strongly recommends configuring a static IP address. If DHCP is enabled, a new IP will be assigned each time the appliance reboots or is otherwise turned off and back on.

Step 3 – Next, select the iLO 4 Configuration Utility option and press Enter.

Step 4 – In the Network tab screen select NIC and TCP/IP to bring up the Network Configuration screen in order to configure the network settings.Make changes in the following fields:

  • Network Interface Adapter – Select one of the NIC options:
    • On – Select this option a dedicated iLO port is available on the appliance.
    • Shared Network Port – If there is no dedicated iLO port.
    • Off – Select this option to disable the iLO port.
  • IP Address – Will be auto-populated.
  • Subnnet Mask – Will be auto-populated.
  • Gateway IP Address – Will be auto-populated.


 Configure iLO User Settings

Step 1 – Navigate to the Users tab. Here new user accounts can be added, removed and edited.

Step 2a: Add User – New users can be added at any time. The password, along with the user privileges can be initially configured here. Press F10 to save any changes.

Step 2b: Remove User – Existing users can be removed at any time. Highlight the desired user and click Enter to delete.

Step 2c: Edit User – Existing users can be edited at any time. Highlight the desired user and click Enter to begin editing the user account. The user will be taken back to the user configuration screen as pictured in Step 2a. Click F10 to save any edits.