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Using WMI to Set Asset Tag on HP's

Posted on 2011-02-21
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Hello,
I have a WMI script which displays the asset tag for HP desktops/laptops/servers. "Asset Tag" is a configurable field in BIOS.

I dont know WMI / scripting too well, so my question is whether or not I can set or edit the asset tag using WMI? Anyone have a good idea on how I can attempt to do this?

Thanks!

WMI Script:
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On Error Resume Next
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_SystemEnclosure")
For Each objItem in colItems
      Wscript.Echo "Asset Tag: " & objItem.SMBIOSAssetTag
NEXT
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If this can be done at all, it cannot be done with the standard Win32_SystemEnclosure class.  It would have to be a class object created by the hardware vendor as the details of how to write the asset tag would be different for every BIOS.

Also, if you have not previous set information Using WMI, you do not do it directly to a property (like setting a variable in VBScript) - instead you must call a method of the class to write data.

IF you have HP's management agents installed, then the HP_ComputerSystemChassis may have what you are looking for.

To find out if it does, download and install the WMI Administrative tools (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6430f853-1120-48db-8cc5-f2abdc3ed314).  Then use CIM Studio to open the "\root\hpq" namespace and search for HP_ComputerSystemChassis.  "UserTracking" is the asset tag.  Examine the "Methods" tab in CIM Studio to see if there is a method that will allow setting the Asset tag.  Clicking the specific method should show what parameters it takes and allow you to do a test run.

More information is here: http://bizsupport2.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02530446/c02530446.pdf and Here: http://www.docs.hp.com/en/diag/sfm/compsys_pds.pdf

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Big thanks for the great info! I'll be investigating this a bit further as time permits.  I felt it was not going to be a simple thing. (but I hoped) :-)
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Glad to help.  Could you take a moment to mark my information as the answer?
Thanks.
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