Viewing SMBIOS data

The SMBIOS specification allows applications and operating systems to retrieve and store hardware configuration settings. Retrieving hardware settings from a shell prompt can be extremely useful, since rebooting to view a given BIOS menu requires the machine to be taken offline. If you happen to be running Solaris 10 or Nevada, you can run the smbios utility to display the contents of the SMBIOS image on a machine:

$ smbios |more

0 60 SMB_TYPE_BIOS (BIOS information)

Vendor: Sun Microsystems
Version String: S39_3B17
Release Date: 07/04/2007
Address Segment: 0xf000
ROM Size: 524288 bytes
Image Size: 65536 bytes
Characteristics: 0x17f8bde90

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This is good stuff.

This article was posted by Matty on 2007-11-24 14:15:00 -0400 -0400