SUMMARY: Serial numbers
carolyn at usna.edu
Wed Jun 25 11:47:45 EDT 2003
Thank you for your help. I received a number of replies from:
Justin Stringfellow <js70062 at ms-egmp02-01.UK.Sun.COM>
Rivera, Angel R <Angel.R.Rivera at conocophillips.com>
Hichael Morton <mh1272 at yahoo.com>
Walter Heukels <walterhe at kpn.net>
David vanLeeuwen <davevl at computerch.net>
Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org>
Tony Irvine <tony.irvine at crestco.co.uk>
Jason.Santos at pinnaclewest.com
Kevin Dawley <kevin.dawley at yank-tse.com>
Everyone gave me information about the serial numbers but it was summarized
well by Tony Irvine:
Sun Serial numbers work like this:
Y = Last didget of year so 2000 in your case
WW = Week of manufacture 00-52
M = Place of manufacture code. I do not have a list.
SSSS = 4 didget hex serial number 0000-FFFF.
So your drive was the 4466th(decimal) peice of equiment manufactured at
A during the first week of 2000.
Jason Santos also provided information from the Sun Field Engineer handbook
It would have been nice if Sun could have referred me to this information
when I called. I wouldn't have sent a message to sunmanagers.
The Sun Field Engineer handbook has a section on decoding serial
numbers. Yours breaks down to:
Year : 2000
Week : 1
Plant: Beaverton, Oregon
I Think Sun has the FE handbook online now at docs.sun.com.
So my observation that this is not a new drive is correct. It was from
a 3rd party reseller who underbid Sun and obviously did not provide the
new equipment as requested. Our contract office is contacting them for a
new drive. Rich Kulawiec pointed out that it could be a new drive in an old
enclosure (good suggestion!). But upon closer look, the outside enclosure
was worn and the tape heads are worn too so the entire unit is old.
Justin Stringfellow pointed out some good information about Suns tracking
of serial numbers:
Our contracts are based on the system serial number as far as I'm aware -
you take out a contract on a machine and /all/ the bits that are attached
to it, I think.
Anyway, if the hardware is serviced by a 3rd party company such as a
reseller we just won't have that information, because they don't necessarily
feed it back to us. We do track all replacement parts that go through our
logistics/spares systems by serial number, but for parts that have been
through the hands of resellers, it's tricky.
Thanks again everyone! Caveat emptor!
>Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 09:37:10 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Carolyn Mayr <carolyn at smtp.cs.usna.edu>
>Subject: Serial numbers
>To: sunmanagers at sunmanagers.org
>Is there a way to determine this history or manufacture date of Sun
>equipment based on the serial number? I have a DDS-3 Unipack external
>tape drive (serial #001A1172/part 559-2107-01) and it is supposed to
>be a new, out-of-the-box tape drive. It looks obviously worn. I
>called Sun tech support and they told me they have no way to track
>serial numbers of tape drives. That serial # looks very old to me as
>my oldest DDS-3 drives start with 124. Any clues?
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