How to get physical server warranty or age ?

Posted on 2011-03-01
Last Modified: 2016-09-15

For a server refresh job, my task is to identify the server that needs to be replaced / upgrade, it is all HP and SUN servers and I wonder what is the easiest way to get the server age / warranty status ?

apart from Spiceworks (if anyone know other option) that'd be great ?

Question by:jjoz
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virtualxistance earned 167 total points
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thanks for your reply virtualxistance, what i mean is the automated way because I got hundreds of servers in my current datacenter :-)
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WalkaboutTigger earned 167 total points
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What operating system are your servers running?
For HP servers, you can read the serial number from the BIOS, pass this through to a web application that posts it to HP's warranty site, scrape that to get the date and store it in a database for reporting or presentation.

I imagine there has to be something similar for SUN machines, but I haven't touched SUN boxes since the Windows NT 3.5 days.
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If your servers are on this list:

You can use sneep to read the serial numbers of the SUN boxes.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 166 total points
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Install HP Systems Insight Manager and scan the network with it for HP systems.


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yes, thanks for the info guys, rather than copy pasting it into after spending the whole nighter in the datacenter, I'll have look at deploying the HP SIM agent into the datacenter and see how it goes from there.

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by:drj pnt
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did you find an automated way to check the age/warranty status of the sun/hp servers?
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It is pretty trivial these days - see this Powershell Module

Next time, however, please open your own question.

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