Hyper v and VMware VMs

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Hi Experts Exchange,

I've done a lot of work with Server Virtualization; but one question that has puzzled me is - how to you know remotely if you are logging onto a virtual or physical machine.

I would appreciate all responses regarding this.

Thank you.


Kind regards,

JBond2010
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Victor TarasovHead of system administration department

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You can check out device drivers
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The real give away is the Machine BIOS.

Check and Run MSINFO32.

Many applications now, including Microsoft applications can now detect if running on a virtual environment.

other signs, VMware Tools, Microsoft Integration tools. The network card MAC address, assigned to VMware or Microsoft.
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Open CMD

Type systeminfo

Look at system manufacturer and system model.

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As we have a large amount of mixed physical/virtual servers we use bginfo (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557) on all desktops and just a quick glance at the 'Network Card' shows if the box is physical or virtual.
JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

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Really appreciate all the responses and some really good suggestions.

Thank you.


JBond2010
JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

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I have done a lot of Server Consolidation work for clients and I wanted to know multiple ways of knowing from remote locations if you are logging onto a VM or Pysical Machine.

I am very happy with the responses from the Experts.

Thank you.


Kind regards,

JBond2010

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