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We have a bunch of *nix machines some of which probably have IBM software installed on them.

Is there a way to identify the machines and the type of IBM software that is installed?

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Package listing depends upon the OS even when all falls under *nix. So would you be able to mention the OS used by you ? – Jamess Jun 16 '11 at 5:10
unfortunately we have more than one: SunOS 10, AIX, RHEL. Some IBM Software dont list their presence to package managers though :( – Ryan Fernandes Jun 16 '11 at 6:01
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If you have used package managers of different *nix to install software, you can list and classify them using that.

for eg: lslpp (-l or -L) will list packages in an IBM AIX box. pkginfo will do that in SUN Solaris rpm -qa will list the packages in RHEL

Now if you used pre-compiled versions or installed from source by compiling the package by hand, they will be left out by the above approach. The only way, I can propose to detect and classify them (if any) is the painful route of looking at the running processes and open ports, then use that to correlate back to a package. Then from such packages identify IBM software. This is surely will not an easy process :(

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unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a 'shortcut'. Looks like I'll have to dredge every machine :( – Ryan Fernandes Jun 20 '11 at 2:50
Yes, if you suspect a source compiled/direct binary installs. Else a simple script can check OS type and execute appropriate commands and gathers reports in some file. – Jamess Jun 20 '11 at 6:09

Listing package names and/or running processes as Jamess indicates is a good way to start. But what is your goal exactly? Do you need to have an installed IBM software overview, or do you need to calculate how many software licenses you require? And are there specific IBM products you are expecting to find? I create IBM installation overviews on a daily basis - email me at kdingjan at solarcom-consulting dot com in case you need detailed help.


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