Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is the Microsoft implementation of the Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standard. WMI is a middle-layer technology that enables standardized management of Windows-based computers. It collects computer management data from a wide variety of sources and makes it accessible by using standard interfaces. WMI can be accessed remotely, but it does not consolidate the management data in a central location—that is one of the functions of SMS.

WMI can collect and set configuration details for a wide variety of hardware types, operating system components and subsystems, and application systems, because it uses providers to work with those systems. The provider for SMS is called the SMS Provider.

In This Section

How SMS Uses WMI

Explains how SMS uses WMI to collect information.

How to Connect to an SMS Provider

Provides a code example showing how to connect to the SMS Provider by using a simple script.

How to Read SMS Objects

Provides a code example showing how to read SMS objects.

How to Read Lazy Properties

Provides a code sample to read lazy properties from an SMS Object.

How to Create, Modify, and Delete SMS Objects

Provides code examples that show how typical SMS scripting tasks work.

Security and SMS Objects

Provides overview information about SMS object security.

How to Set Security Rights for an SMS Object

Provides a code example that demonstrates how to grant SMS security rights.

How to Use the Site Control File

Provides a code example showing how to update the site control file programmatically.

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