Changing BIOS Boot Order from Linux Command Line w/out Complete OM Install

Donald Harper Donald.Harper at macquarie.com
Thu Mar 25 13:15:53 CDT 2010


dmidecode -s system-serial-number

gives me the Service tag number on my host.  RHEL 5, M610...

or:
dmidecode | grep -A4 'System Information' | tail -n1 | awk '{print $NF}'

if you have an older version of dmidecode.

Now, resetting it is a different ball of wax...

don

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-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of J. Epperson
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:38 AM
To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
Subject: Re: Changing BIOS Boot Order from Linux Command Line w/out
Complete OM Install

On Thu, March 25, 2010 11:00, Dameon Wagner wrote:
>
> Does your distro have the SMBios tools?  I use Debian, and with the
> libsmbios-bin package I have a tool called `serviceTag` which spits
> out, and allows you to change, the Dell service tag for the box.
>

That sounds like what I want (although it appears that libsmbios-bin
package has been replaced with smbios-utils package).  But if I
bootstrap
from the instructions on
http://linux.dell.com/libsmbios/main/index.html,
with smbios-utils-bin installed I end up with no serviceTag tool,
although
although it's listed as one of the supported binaries on
http://linux.dell.com/libsmbios/main/cmdlinetools.html.

Dell has done a better job than most vendors in Linux support, and Matt
Domsch in particular is a blessing on the Linux community, but their
repo
collection ought to be called the "Dell Ducktape Repositories". 
Dependencies and obsolescences aren't dealt with consistently, presence
of
old repo files on a system can wreck the bus (and are not dealt with by
later bootstraps), etc....

Maybe I can get some IP cameras installed in the data center so I can
read
the asset tags off the front of the systems.....

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