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WMI: The Industry Picture

The need for system instrumentation and configuration is not unique to device drivers, Windows 2000, or Microsoft. The Open Software Foundation (OSF) includes a task group, the Desktop Management Taskforce (DMTF), that has published an initiative for unified system management compatible with Internet standards, Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM).

WBEM defines an interface for the purpose of unified management and instrumentation: the Common Information Model (CIM). CIM is designed to encapsulate and accommodate other industry initiatives such as the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and the Desktop Management Interface (DMI).


  

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