Tuesday Apr 01, 2008

Service Tags are open-sourced

Thanks to the diligent and tireless efforts of Scott Lehman, Service Tags have now gone open-source.

Now, many of you might be wondering what Service Tags are. They're very small bits of code that identify the hardware or software that they're attached to. (All new Sun hardware and software have Sun Service Tags.) They're very handy if you're trying to see what gear you have. Now that they're open-sourced, you'll be able to create Service Tags for non-Sun products as well, which should make it easier to discover gear in Sun xVM Ops Center.

Some of you might also be wondering what information these tags track. A complete list is available, but basically the tag says what the gear is and, for software, what system it's on. It's not collecting usage data or watching you while you sleep.

And finally, some of you might be wondering why this blog has been so quiet for the past couple of weeks. It's simple - I was in a chrysalis.

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