What process does PowerRecon use to identify unique machines

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  • 16-Jul-2009
  • 01-Jun-2012

Environment

All versions of PowerRecon

Situation

This article discusses how machines are determined to be unique within PowerRecon inventory.

Resolution

In the inventory process for PowerRecon, machine-uniqueness is based on serial number and SMBIOS UUID.

 

This information is stored in the BIOS, and may be susceptible to change after a firmware upgrade/update on the BIOS.

This is important to note, because if the SMBIOS UUID or Serial Number change on a server during it’s monitoring lifetime, a re-inventory of this machine will cause it to be inventoried as a new machine. This can consume more licenses than required as well as split the monitoring data, thus making it difficult for charting and reporting.

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