Serial Numbers for IOS and CatOS

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Sep 13th, 2007
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What does Cisco recommend to use for asset inventory tracking purposes? Do they recommend using the Processor ID or the Chassis serial number? I'm curious because we just had a call and it was said that Cisco recommends using the Processor ID (you can find the ID when doing a 'sh ver'). I thought it would be wise to use the Chassis Serial # --- this can't be changed right? The processor ID and the Serial # are two different #s I think. A person on the call said that in their 6500s, the Processor ID and the chassis Serial # (on the backs-left of chassis) is the same -- how is this possisble?


I'm confused. Can someone help?


Thanks in advance.

GH

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noeparenteau Mon, 12/17/2007 - 12:48
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I am having a similiar question / problem. We are trying to clearup our smart net agreements and we are using the serial number as a guide. The "external" serial numbers are different from the "show version" serial numbers, on our VG248 devices?


EXTERNAL SERIAL NUMBER=SAD093301VT



SHOW VERSION=

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| Cisco VG248 (VGC14a85dc) |

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| System status |

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| Up time: 48 days 14 hours 9 mins |

| Real time clock: 16:23, 12/13/2007 |

| Serial number: SAD093203TG |

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