How To Get Hardware Information on AIX

Need to get hardware information on an IBM AIX server? On AIX 4.3.3 and later you can use the prtconf command.

$ prtconf

You don’t need to be root to use this command. The output includes model, serial number, processor type, number of processors, speed of processors, 32-bit or 64-bit, memory size, firmware version, network information, paging (swap) overview, volume information and a long list of available devices.

The prtconf command will only be there in AIX 4.3.3 and later but since it is just a shell script if you can find a copy of it you can easily see the commands it is calling to gather the information. The command seems to live in /usr/sbin/prtconf. If it’s not in your path you should be able to call it directly.

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2 thoughts on “How To Get Hardware Information on AIX”

  1. If you run the prtconf command you might want to also add the the following so it only displays 1 page at a time. prtconf|pg

    If you would like to see all part numbers and serial numbers as well as EC levels of all installed items you can run the following command. #lscfg -p -v sys0|pg

  2. Additionaly you can execute this command which will print the various serial numbers of the different devices:

    #lscfg -vpl sysplanar0

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