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2012-10-17

VMware Hardware Serial Number

Manufacturer Serial Numbers on a VM Host
If you're like me you sometimes forget to log all serial numbers before shipping off a device (not good). But if you do something like this there is an easy way to find that serial number and even the product model that you shipped off.

Command:
smbiosDump | egrep '(Product|Serial:)'

Output:
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Product: "System x3550 M3 -[7944AC1]-"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Product: "XXX"
    Serial: "XXX"
    Serial: "none"


Description of the command:
smbiosDump will dump a bunch of hardware information. What you're looking for are they keywords 'Product' and 'Serial:'. You will see your device product model first and it will be followed by that device's serial number (see highlighted).

There's probably a prettier way of grabbing this information but this is a quick and dirty way of getting the output that's useful.

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