WMI stands for Windows Management Instrumentation. WMI’s purpose is similar to that of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol): to enable the querying and control of management information in an enterprise – but it has a significantly different architecture under the covers. As WMI has been Microsoft’s main focus for exposing information about system performance and configuration, it is the preferred way of collecting information from Windows systems for many monitoring systems. The following eBook helps to decode WMI and teaches the best practices of troubleshooting and querying WMI.
WMI is a very powerful way to retrieve information about systems and their performance. Knowing your way around WMI can help you improve the monitoring of your systems, and help you automate many common systems administration tasks. WMI is the de facto foundation of Microsoft’s management strategy. The more you are familiar with it, the better systems administrator you can be.