Interpreting HP Serial Number

Ever wonder how they come up with serial numbers for HP servers?  Take this for instance serial number (made this up on my own, so any match to a real serial number is completely coincidental): USE8441234.  Here’s what each piece means:

  • US = Country Code, in this case, obviously the United States
  • E = Site Code, possibly Houston, but I can’t find anything definitive
  • 844 = Manufacture Date, 2008 week 44
  • 1234 = Unique Sequential Identifier, the unit number for that week

Not entirely useful for anything other than trivia, but it is something fun to understand.