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      Andrew Brehm
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      I just encountered an annoying issue.

      When trying to log onto Windows Server Core via ILO using a local account, it is impossible to type a backslash if the server’s keyboard layout is too foreign.

      In my case it’s a Swiss keyboard layout. Swiss keyboards apparently have a key between z and left-shift that (in combination with alt-gr, another special key on the Swiss keyboard) types \. My American keyboard doesn’t have that key.

      I tried:

      1. Changing the keyboard layout in the console. This fails because ILO does not, apparently, send shift-alt through to the server.

      2. Typing left-alt and 9 and 2 on the numberpad to get ASCII \. This fails because Server Core apprently doesn’t support this handy input method. (It acts as if I pressed return.)

      3. Using / instead of \.

      4. Using @servername instead of servername\. (Obviously this didn’t work.)

      5. Using ILO hotkeys, which apparently cannot send foreign keycodes either. \ becomes $ (because a Swiss keyboard has $ where an American has \).

      6. Calling a colleague with a Swiss keyboard. That worked, but is not practical at all hours.

      How did HPE think this should work? What am I overlooking?

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      Michael Pietroforte
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      If I remember right, you have to specify the keyboard layout when you install the server, but I guess the real problem is ILO here. You probably won’t have a problem  logon physically with different keyboards.

      So if you have physical access, you can logon and then change the keyboard layout.

      I never tried this, but perhaps you can connect to the server via PowerShell remoting and then change the keyboard layout.

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