Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches

How to Remotely Read Serial Numbers from an MDS

Document ID: 30201

Updated: Dec 12, 2014



Occasionally, you might need to remotely read serial numbers from your MDS 9000 series multilayer switch. You might have to do so for inventory requirements or for confirmation or verification for support contract entitlement. This document explains how to read chassis and line card serial numbers through remote access to the MDS 9000 series switch.



Before attempting this configuration, ensure that you have remote access to the MDS 9000 series multilayer switch through an IP or console connection.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on the MDS 9000 storage area networking operating system (SAN-OS).

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


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Reading Chassis Serial Number

The chassis serial number on a MDS 9000 series multilayer switch is used to identify the unit for service contract purposes. It can be read from the sticker on the back of the unit next to the power supply; or it can be read remotely by issuing the show sprom backplane 1 command. The serial number is found below the product number.


Reading Line Card Serial Numbers

Serial numbers for line cards are printed on the bottom of the metal card tray. To remotely read the serial number, issue the show module command, which lists information about the installed modules, including the serial numbers.



There is currently no verification procedure available for this configuration.


There is currently no specific troubleshooting information available for this configuration.

Related Information

Updated: Dec 12, 2014
Document ID: 30201