Having been an international server product manager, I know that hardware is a tough business. Lots of moving parts. So rather than try to build inventory and product, it just made much more sense to do a software load on fully tested equipment. In the past I've had meetings with Michael Dell and also the old Compaq crew (in the Gary Stimac days). Time to contact the OEM divisions to see what they have.
Been waiting close to a month to hear back from Dell. So yesterday I filled out another request form and then got on the horn and placed a call to a Dell SVP I worked with at Novell. At the same time I called an HP number for the partner program. He gave me an OEM contact name. I sent an email.
This morning I got a call back from the HP OEM group. They gave me all the information I needed and showed me the best way to use them even though this wasn't a high volume deal.
I just had a flashback to the early days when Dell started making notebooks. It was easy to spot a Dell user. They had a piece of tape holding the battery in. Michael took a lot of grief on that.