Introducing Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
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Published: 17 Feb 2005
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The main objective of this article is to provide an introduction to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). I will walk you through creating a simple web page that will collect various hardware information and in turn display this information to the end user as well as providing an option to email a report to a system administrator.
by Steven Swafford
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Windows Management Instrumentation Overview

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Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is part of the Windows operating system that provides management information and control. From a developer’s viewpoint WMI can provide event monitoring for your application or simply report as this article will demonstrate. As well WMI may be used to access and establish information relating to desktop/laptop systems, applications, and networks just to name a few. If you wish to read greater details concerning WMI please visit Platform SDK: Windows Management Instrumentation.

System Requirements

WMI is currently included with Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows ME edition. While with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 you must download a separate WMI installation package from MSDN.


Now that I have provided an overview of WMI, system requirements, and a variety of downloads to assist you learning more, it is now to move into an example web based solution that will allow an end user to visit a web page that collects various details such as the MAC Address, CPU, hard drive, and operating system information.

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