The iLO firmware is in a network flash recovery state

17 Jul

My team mate handed over an issue with the HP iLO on a DL380. When trying to browse to the iLO web page, he got the following error:

The iLO firmware is in a network flash recovery state.
Refer to the iLO network flash recovery under the trouble shooting section in the iLO users guide.

The first thing as recommended is to try pulling out the cables in the server and see it the iLO recovers. No such luck, which is why my team mate passed it on to me!

Anyway, did a quick search on the internet and found the solution. I am sure this can be found in the iLO troubleshooting manual, but if google did not find it, it must be hidden quite deep.

You can perform a flash recovery via FTP to the iLO (assuming you can still ping the iLO).

  1. Logon to the iLO via FTP
  2. Logon using the flash recovery  credentials
  3. put  the  iLO  bin
  4. iLO will  reset  (and  hopefully recover after that!)

Here is a sample  of what you might do:


login: flash

password: recovery

put c:\temp\ilo189.bin


Posted by on July 17, 2007 in Windows



20 responses to “The iLO firmware is in a network flash recovery state

  1. tanel

    April 8, 2008 at 9:08 am

    also it is a good idea to put the ftp client into binary mode

  2. Kenneth Mclauchlan

    August 28, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Well that saved alot of faffing around 🙂

    Thank you very much

  3. Philip Ward

    January 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Many thanks for this helpful advice. It saved my bacon.

  4. Bob Richardson

    April 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Where you get C;\temp\ilo189.bin?

  5. saltwetfish

    April 11, 2009 at 6:14 am

    This is the ilo firmware downloaded and extracted from HP.

  6. Bob Richardson

    April 15, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Ah … I got it.

    I download

    The run …

    $ mkdir UNPACK
    $ ./CP009895.scexe –unpack=UNPACK

  7. Phil

    July 22, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Great stuff.
    To get the .bin file you can also download and extract the Online component for Windows. I found that the current version, 1.94 does not work, but if you download the previous version, 1.93 it does work.

  8. Stuart

    October 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Extracted 1.94 to a temp folder, followed the above commands and worked a charm.. Thanks very much..

  9. Laura

    October 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Simple when you know how 😉 Thanks very much for the fix, it worked a treat.

  10. LBI

    August 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much! Better than the HP Forum 😉

  11. LewisR

    July 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Excellent, concise advice. Worked like a charm.

    Thanks a million!

  12. Jagan

    July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Hi, Using the above commands I have flashed the ilo193.bin……still getting the same error
    Please help me for the further troubleshooting

    • saltwetfish

      July 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      HI Jagan, have you tried pulling out all the power to the server, wait for say 5 mins and put back the cables and see if ilo works or try again after? If still having an issue I suggest making a warranty call to HP.

  13. Jagan

    July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Yes, I have power off the server …. still no luck…. System board need to replace. Thanks for your help

  14. Tejas Shah

    July 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    This was helpful. Thanks Kelvin.

  15. Stephen Claeys

    November 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    thk U very much!! Was also very helpfull to me.

  16. Bret

    November 28, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Im having the same issue. how do I ftp to my server from my windows 10 client?

    • Kelvin Wong

      December 5, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Windows should have the ftp client by default. Just start command prompt and type ftp


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