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How does one get the serial number of a windows 2003 server. I have about 40 of them at remote sites of all different makes and models and I need the serial numbers from them. Is there a command line or script that I can use to get it?
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by:pony10us
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HP put out some code that works with any windows based system:  http://h41111.www4.hp.com/hps/carepack/emea_middle_east/en/getserial.html
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command line,

wmic bios get serialnumber

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You can also use WMI in Powershell to easily get all sorts of data.

$WMIResMod = (Get-WmiObject -ComputerName $PC win32_ComputerSystem).Model

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would get the model, you can change the NameSpace to the WMI BIOS namespace and then use it to get the serialnumber too.
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athomsfere, when I run those scripts it returns "serialnumber" with nothing else. Is there something else I can try?
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by:athomsfere
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Your servers must not have the serialnumber populated in the bios. So WMI / WMIC cannot pick it up.
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by:portillosjohn
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It there any other way to get it?
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by:athomsfere
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Is this for warranty work?

Is this the only information you can use or need?
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by:portillosjohn
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I took over IT operations for another person and we are trying to find out where the servers are at according to the books.
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by:athomsfere
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What information do you have? Can you post a sample of other things we can try to report against?

Is there any information in AD? Perhaps description has location info?>
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It looks like it is not stored in the bios so I am unable to get it.
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