Chapter 17. Understanding WMI


Whenever I speak at conferences, I’m nearly always asked about Windows Management Instrumentation, or WMI. WMI first caught on in Windows 2000 (although it’s partially supported in Windows NT 4.0), and administrators have been hearing about how wonderful a tool it is for managing systems, especially through scripting. Unfortunately, WMI is also one of the most complex-looking technologies to have come out of Redmond in a long time, and many administrators are justifiably concerned about having to spend the rest of their lives understanding it. In this chapter and the two that follow, ...

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