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How to find serial number for a computer on the LAN?

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Help inventory time again and i need to find out the serial numbers for all computers on the LAN without walking to each computer.
Any help is appreciated thanks!
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Toni UranjekConsultant/Trainer

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Hi bluescreen02,

Try this utility's remote capabilities: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/files/keyfinder.2.0.beta.4.zip

HTH

Toni

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The only ways I can think of to do this are:

A:  You have a record of all the MAC addresses and what systems they belong to (unlikely)
B:  You have named your machines with the serial number in the computer name or placed the serial number in a file of a specific directory when the system was setup (good idea?).

If you would like to share what type of PCs are there may be a serial number in the registry...this Dell I have here doesn't know its number but it is a fresh XP install.  For example, if you have all factory load Dells you can just read the serial tag from:  C:\i386\oeminfo.ini

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The computers are IBM ThinkCentre i need to get their serial numbers not the OS or Office products.

They are all on the LAN, any scripts or command line utilities?
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www.dameware.com.

Download and install the Dameware Utilities. It is a commercial product but gives you 30 days full unrestricted use. Once installed, drill down to the machine(s) you want and select the properties tabs. If the system advertises the serial number from any aspect you will see it. If you have tinpot/real cheapo type boxes then, for those, you will need to get your trainers on and start walking.

Keith

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Wa ha haa...
I dont think they are tinpot pc's but will try it out and let you know.
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Toni UranjekConsultant/Trainer

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Sorry, I misunderstood your question. There is a WMI property SerialNumber in Win32_BIOS class, but usually you'll end up with "To Be Filled By O.E.M."
The computers are ALL ThinkCentres?  If that's the case, check out the LanDesk Management Suite from IBM/Lenovo.  It is designed specifically to work with "Think" type machines from IBM/Lenovo.  Here is the link:

http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/think/thinkvantagetech/landesk.html

If you look about 2/3 of the way down the page, it includes an Inventory Manager that will probably be perfect for your needs.  And (at the bottom) it also mentions a 45 day free trial, so you may be able to install it, try it for your inventory, then decide if you want to keep it.  (I'm sorry, but I haven't checked on the price tag or the limitations of the trial version.  I'm sure you can track that info down from the link.)

Hope this helps!
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You can use Neutex NetPont, it's completely FREE and will provide you with a great inventory including the serial numbers.  Download/info here:  http://www.neutex.net/

I've used it in a number of environments and it's been a real time saver.  Nothing is more boring than having to do a machine by machine inventory!
Keith AlabasterEnterprise Architect
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Thanks :)
try this link from HP
http://h41111.www4.hp.com/hps/carepack/emea_middle_east/en/getserial.html

its a script that runs on the computer
it worked on most systems that i have tried it

good luck with it