Performing a remote install on an HP Proliant via the iLO text interface
Debian ["CDs"] will po up a graphical splash screen. Since this puts the system into a graphical mode, you will be unable to see the bootscreen via the ["iLO"] text (telnet/ssh) interfaces. However, you can still interact with the bootloader, so you can blindly configure the system to boot into a text install mode.
Once the system has gotten past POST (the part of the boot with the memory testing and ?SmartArray configuration prompting), and has loaded the bootloader from the CD, you will see the following message:
The Server is in Graphics Mode - Use the ["iLO"] Advanced Web Interface for Access.
At this point, you want to pick your kernel and pass any boot time parameters. For example, you can type (blindly):
To start an install with a 2.6 kernel.