Developing WMI Solutions: A Guide to Windows Management Instrumentation
||Author: Craig Tunstall, Gwyn Cole|
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (12 November, 2002)
Sales Rank: 62,258
Average Customer Rating: 4.75 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
The authors do a great job of compiling all of the relavent specifications and standards related to WMI(WBEM). They filled in the missing pieces for my research and also provided several well written code examples which further helped to explain WMI. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who will be working with WMI.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Best WMI Book Yet
Perhaps the best WMI book currently available. Includes source code for all samples.
Rating: 5 out of 5
At last! Something for overworked sysadmins
A significant component of the Total Cost of Ownership of a network of personal computers is due to the myriad different pieces of hardware and software that these can contain; invariably from a slew of vendors. Integrating and managing the totality can be quite labour intensive for the systems administrator. Also too for the developer; whether she is writing the interface for a piece of software that others will use or if she is on the other side, and has to write code that runs that package and others.
Accordingly, Microsoft has pushed forward Windows Management Instrumentation. The book describes how to use WMI straightforwardly. You do need to know C++, COM and Active Template Library. No surprise there. Several sections also describe using the still new C# and .NET to write OO applications that easily connect to WMI. If you have not used C# and .NET, the book's coverage is concise enough to get you started. The authors treat a minimal subset that is enough for you to do useful work vis-a-vis WMI.
On the scripting aspect, the authors rightly give this careful coverage. Scripting files may not have the sexy appeal of a GUI-driven methodology. But in fact, for automated systems administration of many machines, they are usually far more important. Veterans of DOS and Unix batch file writing will see much of familiar approaches here.
Part of Microsoft's incentive for promoting WMI is to help it stay ahead of linux. The basic functionality of a browser and Microsoft Office are already in various linux applications. So at least in the network sphere, WMI helps Microsoft hold off linux. The authors do not discuss this, but if you read this book, you should keep it in mind; in the broader context of where the PC market is going.
· Microsoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide
· Understanding WMI Scripting
· Leveraging WMI Scripting
· Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
· WMI Essentials for Automating Windows Management