Every system has a universally unique identifier (UUID) value set onto the system. The UUID is a 128-bit value typically displayed in lowercase hexadecimal digits in 5 groups separated by dashes. An example UUID would look like
While software packages may make use of pseudo random UUIDs, this article will cover only system hardware UUIDs.
Windows[edit | edit source]
You may get the UUID value from PowerShell.
> get-wmiobject Win32_ComputerSystemProduct | Select-Object -ExpandProperty UUID
Linux / FreeBSD[edit | edit source]
dmidecode utility to get the UUID
# dmidecode -s system-uuid
You may need to install
dmidecode since it usually isn't bundled with the base OS. On FreeBSD, it's available in ports at
VMWare ESXi[edit | edit source]
To get the UUID of the physical machine that your ESXi server is running on, login via SSH and run:
# esxcfg-info | grep -i uuid
You will see a bunch of UUIDs, most of which pertain to disks/volumes. What you are looking for is: