How to check machine is physical for virtual server?

By | November 7, 2013

How to check machine is physical for virtual server?

I was given a Windows remote desktop machine and asked to identify whether the current system is physical or VMware virtual machine. There are several ways to tell the status of the machine, here are those procedures that I have shown to my colleagues,

  1. VMware VMTools will be present on a VMware machine and can easily spot from the Widows task bar. The VMware virtual machine drivers are bundled with VMTool.

     

     

  2. System Information will gives details of the “System Manufacturer” and “System Model”, the screenshot displays “VMware virtual platform”

     

     

  3. Each network adapter manufacturer are having their own purchased MAC identifiers, checking the MAC ADDRESS will show us the make and from the details we can determine.

     

     

  4. Microsoft “systeminfo” command will give the information of the manufacture

     

     

  5. Microsoft WMIC command shows us the details of Manufacturer and Model.

    Open Window CMD as Administrator and enter command “wmic” and on the prompt type “wmic:root\cli>computersystem list Brief /Format:list

     

Physical and virtual server verification is important on major tasks and prior information will help for planning’s.

Linux machines

MAC address lookup, VMTool and the following shell commands are helpful.

# cat /proc/scsi/scsi

# ethtool -i eth0

# dmidecode | grep -i vmware

# dmesg |grep VMware


Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More
Category: Linux Virtualization Windows

About Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More