Is the server physical or virtual?

You can also use PowerShell to query the win32_computersystem WMI class to determine whether your server is a physical server or is running in a virtual machine on a Hyper-V host. Here are a couple of examples I just tried using different servers:

PS C:\> (get-wmiobject win32_computersystem).model
Virtual Machine

PS C:\> (get-wmiobject win32_computersystem).model
PowerEdge T300

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Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see

1 thought on “Is the server physical or virtual?”

  1. hi! if you note these entries can be changed with an unattended Windows Installation. This assumes these were left intentionally.

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