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I have to get harddisk's free space available from 7 Windows 2008 servers and 4 Linux machines. For windows machines I wrote a tiny .Net Program. This will get details from all windows machines. In Linux machine I used

df -h 

command. And I used the following command

ssh username@linuxmachine df -h 

to get details from other Linux machine. But this command asks for password every time. Is there any way to get hard disk details from all Linux machines ? OR is there any way to get Linux machine's partition's details from a windows machine ?

All Linux machines have same username and password.

PS: I don't have any knowledge on shell scripting. kindly elaborate your solutions :)

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You could use a passphraseless ssh key. Here is a how to for it passphraseless ssh key – Max Burucker Mar 15 '13 at 9:52
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You can use public/private key pairs for authentication. First generate public/private key. On linux you can do this:


You can find the keys in your homedir in .ssh :

ceco@persika ~/.ssh $ ls id_rsa*

Then distribute public key on the machines you want to log in:

ssh-copy-id MACHINE_IP_ADDR

It will ask you for password and you are good to go. The public key is saved in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. After this procedure you can make passwordless logins. I won't discuss security risks about this - I believe you are aware what might go wrong :)

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Thanks for your response. I will try this. Could you please provide me a shell script for getting free spaces from all Linux machines ? – Sravan Mar 15 '13 at 10:28
Your command should do the job (ssh username@linuxmachine df -h). – tsv.dimitrov Mar 15 '13 at 10:31
Thanks.. This Worked for me :) – Sravan Mar 15 '13 at 15:05

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