MS Windows - how to distinguish between dedicated server from VPS or cloud?

Posted on 2011-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
How to distinguish Windows Server as physical (dedicated) server, VPS or cloud?

Which command or utility can do this for my?
Or whatever else can be?

Question by:longjumps
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Joseph Daly earned 500 total points
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I just tested this on a few of my machines and it works well.

wmic /node:"COMPUTERNAME" computersystem get model, manufacturer

For a VM I got
Manufacturer  Model
VMware, Inc.  VMware Virtual Platform

For a physical machine you will get somethign similar to below with the model etc.
Manufacturer  Model
Dell Inc.     PowerEdge R200

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Expert Comment

ID: 36524643
It all depends on how your provider has it setup, contact them.

Author Comment

ID: 36524888
I run "msic" command in my Win7 and got error:
C:\Users\Semyon>wmic /node:"COMPUTERNAME" computersystem get model, manufacturer

Description = The RPC server is unavailable.

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by:Joseph Daly
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Did you replace computername with a name of an actual computer?

Are you testing this on one of your local physical server or on one of the cloud servers? Its possible WMI may be blocked somewhere.

Author Comment

ID: 36528165
I tried to put my server name, but still didn't get information

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C:\Users\Semyon>wmic /node:"STATION2-LT" computersystem get model, manufacturer
Description = The RPC server is unavailable.

C:\Users\Semyon>wmic /node:"STATION2-LT.appli.local" computersystem get model, m
Node - STATION2-LT.appli.local
Description = The RPC server is unavailable.

Please advice

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ID: 36541736
Generally I checked
wmic /node:"COMPUTERNAME" computersystem get model, manufacturer

on physical and vps and seems fine.

I need to check it on cloud.

Also, once I used as COMPUTERNAME "STATION2-LT.appli.local" it is trying run some RPC as I understood from the error above.
But with physical name it is ok "STATION2-LT", why?

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