I have a Compaq DL380 G4 running an ILO on a shared ethernet port, so I only have SSH access. On this machine I have VMWare vSphere 4. I can ssh into the ILO, issue remcons, and see the lovely VMWare management screen that offers to give me a management console if I was to issue the "alt-f1" command.
VMware ESX 4.0.0 build-164009 HP ProLiant DL380 G4 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.40GHz 10 GB Memory Download tools to manage this host from: http://192.168.1.118/ To open the ESX console, press Alt-F1. To return to this screen, press Alt-F11.
However -- I can't seem to figure out how to issue an ALT-F1 over the SSH connection. I found various resources that mention there is a hot key for alt, such as ESC key key (to send ALT-key), however I can't seem to find the magic key combination to send "ALT-F1" over SSH to this ILO.
Table B-2 contains the Dell IPMI command mapping.