Easiest way to remotely get a service tag?

Michael E Brown Michael_E_Brown at dell.com
Tue Oct 23 12:37:04 CDT 2007

On Sun, Sep 30, 2007 at 02:39:12PM -0700, Aaron wrote:
> Also previously mentioned in this list was this method (if you dont need 
> the express service tag and just the serial):
> dmidecode | awk --posix '/Serial Number: [A-Z,0-9]{7}/{print $3; exit}'
> No dell utilities needed.

Libsmbios isnt really a 'dell' utility. :)

Libsmbios is natively available on all the free distributions.
fedora: yum install libsmbios-bin
fedora 7+: in default install (hal uses it)
debian: apt-get install libsmbios-bin
ubuntu: see debian
opensuse: ... no idea how to install it, but it is in there. :)

It is available for the enterprise distributions from
linux.dell.com/repo/software/. And it will most likely be in the next
spins of most of the enterprise distros (rhel6, sles11, etc)

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