Get your motherboard model in Linux

If you ever need to remotely determine the motherboard model of your linux server, try using dmidecode. This dumps the BIOS information, and that will usually yield the motherboard model.


[root@gluon ~]# dmidecode
...
Handle 0x0001
DMI type 1, 25 bytes.
System Information
Manufacturer: Supermicro
Product Name: X6DH8
Version: 0123456789
...

dmidecode displays a bunch of other information as well, including information on the RAM modules themselves:

Handle 0x0017
DMI type 17, 27 bytes.
Memory Device
Array Handle: 0x0014
Error Information Handle: No Error
Total Width: 72 bits
Data Width: 64 bits
Size: 1024 MB
Form Factor: DIMM
Set: 1
Locator: DIMM#1B
Bank Locator: Bank 1
Type:
Type Detail: Synchronous
Speed: 533 MHz (1.9 ns)
...

We’re doing some RAM upgrades on a couple of old servers, and this method sure beats taking the server offline and physically looking at the motherboard.

An even better idea would be to keep this sort of information in your IT records somewhere.

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