Is there anyway for a standard operating system to know the computer name of the physical server it is running on?

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Is there any way for a standard operating system running on a virtualized server to access the computer name of the physical server?
ASKED: August 12, 2010  6:31 PM
UPDATED: August 13, 2010  4:52 PM

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  • Technochic
    Why do you think the virtual server needs to be aware of the name of the host server? What are you trying to acheive? Your VM controlling management software is aware of the virtual servers and their host machines. Everything is handled through the management software.
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  • TomLiotta
    I'd wonder if any OS vendors have given thought to how they could provide access to that kind of "meta-data". In many ways, the OS would assume that no such physical server could even exist. The virtual server would be its universe, so there'd perhaps be no point to including such a function. OTOH, at least some server hardware is designed to support virtual systems, and capabilities are made available to 'materialize' information about the physical system. System i can host partitions with different system images. An i5/OS partition can find out about the hardware and about at least some aspects of system images in other partitions. I suspect that AIX or Linux partitions might have some related capabilities, but I'm not familiar with them at that level. In that case, though, there is no "name" of any physical host. Hardware serial numbers, etc., are the only meaningful identifiers. Tom
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  • Jim4522
    Technochic and TomLiotta, I want to get the count of machines (Standalone and virtual) and Hosts (physical servers) that operate in my data center each month along with the computer names of each. I can get the count of macines by placing an agent in each standard operating system that operates in my servers and that agent can wake up once a month and send an "I'm here" message to a collecting server that would then get a count of the machines. The messages comming from the agent within a standard operating system would include the computer name of the machine and because the message was comming from an agent in a standard operating system my collection program would know that the name was from a machine and not the computer name from the physical server. I thought I could also add an agent in each hypervisor system to do the same thing only that agent would tell the collection server that the computer name in the hypervisor was the name of the physical server rather than the computer name of a machine. But I recently found out that future versions of VMware would not permit the use of outside agents, so I was hopeing that I could get it somehow from the agent in the standard operating system. My real goal is to get a count of all the server macines operating in my data center and their computer names and a count of the physical servers and their computer name or serial numbers.
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