Machine serial numbers – for both servers and workstations – are useful for identifying specific hosts and tracking manufacturer info like warranty status. You can often find the serial number on the host chassis – but what if the number is obscured by other equipment, or on a long scratched-off sticker? Are we out of luck?
Thankfully, no. A simple command at the prompt can pull the machine serial number so long as it was hard-coded into BIOS – which it will have been for most enterprise-grade servers or workstations.
Follow this process:
1. Open the Command Prompt.
2. Type this command: WMIC BIOS GET SERIALNUMBER
3. If the serial number was hardcoded into BIOS, it will appear in Command Prompt.