Sunday, June 15, 2008


want to find out what type of memory a remote machine uses and what slots are available to upgrade?

use dmidecode,
dmidecode will dump the systems DMI contents in a human readable format , This information includes system manufacturer, model name, serial number, BIOS version, asset tag as well as a lot of other details of varying level of interest and reliability depending on the manufacturer. This will often include usage status for the CPU sockets, expansion slots (e.g. AGP, PCI, ISA) and memory module slots, and the list of I/O ports (e.g. serial, parallel, USB).

lets say a remote client wants to upgrade their memory and they call you to order more memory, but they have no idea if their machine takes dimms or simms or if it even has any available slots left you can simply ssh into their machine type 'dmidecode | less' at the command line and you will know exactly what memory the machine takes and what slots are free as well as a wealth of information about the other hardware attributes of the machine.

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