[Durham] meeting tomorrow / advice on PXE utility please?
richm at oldelvet.org.uk
Mon Sep 14 16:13:59 UTC 2015
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On 14/09/2015 16:35, mark wrote:
> Also, can I ask a question for which I do not know the correct
> search terms to put into an engine:
> Say I have a pile of 25 old laptops which I want to audit (i.e.
> get some basic hardware information out of them into a
The one tool I know of is 'lshw' that does a pretty good job of
probing a system.
> I'm sure there must be a tool to do this by connecting them all
> (one at a time) to another machine using an ethernet X-over cable
> (or 1GB/s port), booting each client machine to be audited from
> that 2-node network, serving up a PXE payload from the managing
> machine, reading the hardware info from the client and writing it
> to a file.
I don't know of anything pre-canned but a quick look says that lshw is
present on the system rescue cd.
I'm not sure if it can be PXE booted but it certainly could be booted
from either USB or CDROM (I'd guess any laptop that is worth re-using
could probably boot off of either of those these days).
Update: I found the following which suggests you can use sysresccd via
As far as getting it off the machine I don't think it would be too
hard to let the laptop autoconfigure network and then just ssh the
data into a suitable capture program on a remote server i.e.
lshw | ssh me at server.example.org /home/me/savehwinfo.sh
The page I mention above has a link to a page about getting the PXE to
autorun. Some of the examples there are very similar to what you want
A bit of scripting required but nothing too massive.
> Can anyone point me to this tool please?
> Cheers folks, Mark
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