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:                                


    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.

Any thoughts?

Table B-2 contains the Dell IPMI command mapping.

2 Answers 2


From that same Dell IPMI guide (which is different than others), F1 is ESC-O-P (shift, OP).


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iLO 2 has a hotkey configuration. You can just set up CTRL+W to be ALT+F1 and use that key instead.

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