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Chapter 10. Windows system administratio... > WMI and the System.Management assemb...

10.2. WMI and the System.Management assembly

One of the primary Windows interfaces for system management is Management Instrumentation, known affectionately by the acronym WMI. WMI is a management infrastructure, through which system components provide information about their state and notification of events. You can use WMI to change configuration, interrogate the local system or remote computers, and respond to events. Practical uses for WMI include tasks like inventorying all installed software, uninstalling programs, creating scheduled tasks, and obtaining information about running services. Additionally, applications can provide instrumentation so that they can be queried by WMI.

Despite having Windows in the name, WMI is an implementation of the platform-independent Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) and Common Information Model (CIM) standards. But, although parts of the necessary components have been implemented in Mono, large parts of it are considered too Windows-specific and will probably never be implemented. Sadly, this means that most of the examples in this section don’t work with Mono.


  

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