Archive for the ‘Dell PowerEdge’ Category

Dell DSET on CentOS

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Those of you unfortunate enough to have encountered the Dell technical suport department will know their love for the Dell diagnostic tools. Those of you who run CentOS and have been asked for a DSET report (Dell System E-Support Tool) will also know that the DSET tool refuses to run on an “unsupported” operating system.

Luckily, DSET is quite easy to trick – just add the following to the top of /etc/issue (assuming that you’re running CentOS 6):

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6 x86_64

Now DSET will work as normal, blissfully unaware that it is running on CentOS and not RHEL. Remember to take the line back out again once you’ve finished with DSET.

Retrieve the Dell PowerEdge Service Tag remotely from Windows or Linux

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Have you ever wanted to get the Dell Service Tag from a PowerEdge machine that you don’t have physical access to? Well it’s actually quite easy as Dell make this available through the standardised Desktop Management Interface (otherwise known as DMI) framework, so you don’t even have to install any of Dell’s OpenManage tools to view it!

On a Linux system, you just need to run the following as root:

/usr/sbin/dmidecode -s system-serial-number

On a Windows box, you can accomplish the same thing from the command prompt with:

wmic bios get serialnumber

Both of these tools should be installed by default on the respective operating system. If you have some kind of super stripped down installation, then they are available from the vendor’s original media.