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Sometimes you need to reset the ILO Administrator password.

Step-by-step guide

To change the iLO password:

  1. Log in to the VMware Host Client for the H-series ESXi.
  2. Right-click Host in the navigation pane and select Services > Enable Secure Shell (SSH).
  3. Using an SSH tool such as PuTTY, log on to the ESXi host.
  4. Enter the user and password that you used to access VMware Host Client.
  5. Change the directory to /opt/hp/tools or /opt/tools.
  6. Use vi to open a file called pwreset.xml.
  7. Press i to switch to insert mode and enter the following:
    <RIBCL VERSION="2.0">
    <LOGIN USER_LOGIN="Administrator" PASSWORD="unknown">
    <USER_INFO MODE="write">
    <MOD_USER USER_LOGIN="Administrator">
    <PASSWORD value="new_password"/>
    where new_password is the new password you want to use to access iLO.
  8. Press ESC and then :wq at the bottom of the editor and press Enter to save the file and quit vi.
  9. Enter the following command to reset the password: ./hponcfg -f pwreset.xml.
    The iLO password is changed to new_password.
  10. Quit the SSH session.
  11. In the VMware Host Client right-click Host in the navigation pane and select Services > Disable Secure Shell (SSH).