From time to time, I have to identify which physical server I'm connected to.
That usually involves reading the manufacturer serial number of the server.
That information is provided to Linux by the device tree, which is exported
via procfs at
However, the file that hosts the serial number of your server may vary
according to the virtualization mechanism in place, e.g. bare-metal and
LPARs use the file
system-id, while KVM guests use the file
With that said, we can read the serial number of our server with the following command:
find /proc/device-tree/ -name host-serial -o -name system-id | xargs cat; echo