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Display Hard Drive Model # within VMWare

Posted on 2011-09-12
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Hi

Quick one - I need to display the hard drive make/model number on my VMWare host, but I dont want to have to turn it off.

Had a look around the client but can't see this information anywhere.

Possible?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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If the hard disk is presented independantly to a storage controller within ESXi/ESX server the serial number may be available when looking at the Storage Controllers.

If you have a RAID card, and have RAIDED the disk, then the serial number will not be available.

If this is a HP or Dell server, you may be able to check hardware status for that information, otherwise, you'll have to shutdown the server.
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Also the same with make and model of hard drive.
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by:hongedit
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Its a HP Server but a non-HP disk, RAIDED using a P400i.

Ah well.
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See screenshot

 storage controller
that is the model of the disk, attached to the SATA storage controller
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Mine just says this vm
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- hdparm:
for DISK in `eval echo /dev/[h,s]d?`; do hdparm -i $DISK; done

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- HAL:
hal-device | awk '/block.storage_device/ {print $3}' |sort -u|while read UDI; do
 for KEY in info.product storage.firmware_version storage.serial storage.vendor storage.model; do
 echo "${KEY}: $(hal-get-property --udi ${UDI//\'/} --key $KEY)"; done; echo; done

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- plain listing /dev/disk/by-id:
ls /dev/disk/by-id/|grep -v part

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- listing /sys/block:
for DEVICE in `eval echo /sys/block/[h,s]d?/`; do
 INFOS=($(cat ${DEVICE}/device/{vendor,model} 2>/dev/null)); INFOS="${INFOS[*]}"
 echo "${DEVICE} ${INFOS:=(none)}"; done #  (doesn't work always)

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UnSpawn

Where do I run those???
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Sorry, disregard the above.
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hongedit: I didn't read the "within VMWare" part of your question. My apologies. The commands I posted can only be run in the host itself and will only work for (E)IDE and SATA drives, not other attached storage.
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No probs :)
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