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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?




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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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It all depends on how your provider has it setup, contact them.
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by:longjumps
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I run "msic" command in my Win7 and got error:
C:\Users\Semyon>wmic /node:"COMPUTERNAME" computersystem get model, manufacturer

Node - COMPUTERNAME
ERROR:
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.
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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
Node - STATION2-LT
ERROR:
Description = The RPC server is unavailable.



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

Please advice
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by:longjumps
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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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