Managing ILO Users & Passwords from the Command Line

To follow up on the previous post I made about ILO scripting, this one runs through how you can change the password or add a user without having the login details to the ILO. I do thi al the time when I get new servers built in the field and while the local folks load the OS, they don’t always remember to provide the username/password off the tag hanging off the server or they typo it, etc. This example also assumes that you have administrator level access to the actual server. You’ll need hponcfg and the ILO driver loaded as … Continue reading Managing ILO Users & Passwords from the Command Line

Read/Write ILO Details from the Command Line

If you have access to an HP server running Windows but you don’t have access to ILO information (such as IP info), you can export it all to an XML file using a tool HP includes in the Proliant Support Pack. The tool is called hponcfg.exe and it’s located under C:\Program Files\HP\hponcfg on x86 and x64 systems. In order to use hponcfg, you’ll need to have the ILO driver installed on the system. If you go in Device Manager, you’ll see an entry under Multifunction Adapters like this: If the driver isn’t loaded, you’ll get an error when you try … Continue reading Read/Write ILO Details from the Command Line

Scripting the Installation of Supplemental Language Support

I’ve spent a lot of time lately working on automating server builds. One of my TODOs which I finally tackled today was installing support for the Complex Script and East Asian language packs which you normally have to manually check off in the regional control panel: If you have run Active Directory in a large environment, particularly with domain controllers in Asia or the Middle East, chances are you’ve gotten this event before (or a similar one): Event Type:    Error Event Source:    NTDS ISAM Event Category:    General Event ID:        604 Date:            11/17/2008 Time:            12:23:28 AM User:            N/A Computer:        TOKYO-DC02 Description: NTDS (648) NTDSA: Locale ID 0x00000411 (Japanese Japanese) … Continue reading Scripting the Installation of Supplemental Language Support

Updated Attachments and Links

I just went through and fixed all of the posts (mostly scripts I shared) which referred to attachments which weren’t there anymore. When I migrated this site to the new software I’m using a couple months ago, the migration tool didn’t migrate attachments. All of the attachments from before are now back where they were, just as normal links since this new software platform doesn’t support attachments directly. I apologize for any inconvenience encountered if you found a broken link.

Amazon EC2 on Windows

Amazon announced the ability to run Windows virtual machines on their cloud computing platform, EC2, a few weeks ago. I had the opportunity to play with the technology for a few weeks and I was really impressed all around with the experience. If you’re looking at solutions for on demand computing or want to have a relatively inexpensive and flexible hosting solution you can control completely, you should definitely take a look at EC2. I wrote a couple of articles for Amazon as part of the launch of Windows on EC2. The articles cover deploying an ASP.Net app on an … Continue reading Amazon EC2 on Windows

Retrieving Machine Serial Numbers from the Command Line

Here’s a handy trick I discovered recently when I needed to get a lot of server serial numbers pretty quickly. Normally you have to login to the Dell or HP management website and dig around before you can get the serial number. Sometimes the website doesn’t work and you’re either negotiating with the local support guy to go find it for you (and then the data’s suspect by definition), or you’re just out of luck. You can grab this easily from the command prompt. Look up the wmic switches for info on connecting remotely to a machine: C:\>wmic wmic:root\cli>systemenclosure get … Continue reading Retrieving Machine Serial Numbers from the Command Line