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I am looking for something similar to what is posted in this question: Linux + get the all information about the hardware from machine by tool or script

Basically - I want to be able to plug in a USB device to a computer, boot to it, and have it pull various information about the computer:

  • Hardware
    • Ram
    • Video Card
    • Hard Drive
      • Disk Usage
    • Processor

and probably other things that aren't coming to mind.

I am aware there are solutions like Spice Works, but I am looking for a hardware solution. I basically have a pile of computers that need to be upgraded to a certain standard (ram, cpu, video card, etc.). I think it would be easiest to plug in a USB device, boot to it, have the script run, the script result gets saved to the USB device, and then the machine powers off. Then I put the device in the next machine and keep going.

Does anything like this exist? Am I stuck creating something myself using a Linux bootable environment?

Thanks in advance!

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I would suggest a PXE boot solution instead of a USB drive; far easier to deploy & automate. –  Andrew Jan 27 '12 at 6:32
    
This is an interesting concept. I hadn't thought of this. The issue is that the BIOS settings have PXE disabled. I only plan to do this exercise once - so I figured pressing a key to manually boot to a USB would be the simplest way. –  Origin Jan 27 '12 at 6:59

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You could copy the Open-AudIT linux script onto a USB stick and have it output to a text file.

Caveat - I'm the developer...

http://www.open-audit.org

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