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  1. #11
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    Believe it or not, I just picked up a client and their IT guys didn't know what OS or server software their webhost was using. So I wanted both but when I saw it was Apache I pretty much assumed it would be a linux or unix box. Actually it appears to be FreeBSD (they thought it was Windows).

    P,S., I don't think I'll rely on their IT guys anymore than absolutely necessary.

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    If those tools don't work, sometimes you can get the info (or make assumptions) based on the ftp MOTD banner when you log in, but you'd only see that using a proper ftp client. Dreamweaver and other tools often suppress system messages.

    You could also telnet to port 25 and see if there's a SMTP server running and look at that banner too.
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    Pittbug and Michael, thanks. I just wanted some info so I could know the IT guys were blowing smoke (and to let them know I knew it). I should have complete access in a day or two.

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    HI Friends
    Open the terminal application (bash shell)
    For remote server login using the ssh: ssh user@server-name.
    Type any one of the following command to find os name and version in Linux: cat /etc/os-release. lsb_release -a. hostnamectl.
    Type the following command to find Linux kernel version: uname -r.

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    salam to all.
    and thanks for replies. through these i am able to know much about how to detect server os.

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    There are so many methods to detect os server. Some important methods are following.
    a) OS fingerprinting with Nmap
    b) Web Server Information – BrowserSpy.dk
    c) Use hexillion.com
    d) Use centralops.net
    e) Use the ID Serve Tool

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