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A solution for, uniquely and reproducibly, identifying computers within a managed enterprise environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011981D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When managing computer workstations in an enterprise it is vital that each system be uniquely and individually identified. Whether an RDBMS or written ledger is used to track workstation assets, each individual workstation must be assigned a value or that uniquely identifies the system. This value should be unique within an enterprise and easily reproducible.

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  A solution for, uniquely and reproducibly, identifying computers within a managed enterprise environment

The System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) Reference Specification addresses how motherboard and system vendors present management information about their products in a standard format by extending the BIOS interface on Intel architecture systems. SMBIOS provides structures as a packed list of data referenced by a table entry point. Three structures that are of relevance here are System Information, Base Board and System Enclosure or Chassis. Each of the aforementioned structures contains a Serial Number value. These three serial numbers can be read and concatenated to create a unique and reproducible identifier. Even if the system is re-imaged with a new operating system the identifier can be reproduced.

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The functionality used to obtain the unique identifier can then be as a 1:1 mapping in an RDBMS, spreadsheet or written ledger. This key can then be used for tracking purposes over the lifetime of the system.

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