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Detect if we are running on a VMware virtual machine

Terminal - Detect if we are running on a VMware virtual machine
dmidecode | awk '/VMware Virtual Platform/ {print $3,$4,$5}'
2009-09-25 14:46:35
User: SuperFly
Functions: awk
Detect if we are running on a VMware virtual machine

If you run this command on a VMWare Virtual Machine, it will return the string "VMware Virtual Platform". If you run it on a physical machine, it will return nothing. Useful for having a script determine if it's running on a VM or not. Of course, you must have dmidecode installed for this to work.

Try it this way in a script: ISVM=$(dmidecode | awk '/VMware Virtual Platform/ {print $3,$4,$5}')

Then test if $ISVM has text in it, or is blank.


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I can't think of an instance where this would actually be necessary. Nifty, yes, but useful?

Comment by kaedenn 321 weeks and 4 days ago

I work in an environment which is a mixture of physical *nix hosts and virtual *nix hosts. We have scripts that detect if they are running on a physical box or virtual box, 32bit or 64 bit, solaris or rhel or suse, and act slightly differently based on the information detected.

Comment by SuperFly 321 weeks and 4 days ago

Ah, okay. In that environment, I can see the use. Nice. +1

Comment by kaedenn 321 weeks and 4 days ago

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