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Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) tells readers everything they need to know in order to harness the power of WMI to automate vast parts of Windows 2000 workstation and server management. The book starts with the absolute basics, teaching the fundamentals of WMI terminology and the VBScript programming language. By the time readers complete the book, the readers will not only have the ability to use the scripts supplied, but also have a good understanding of both WMI and VBScript.
1. Introduction to WMI.
WMI Functions. History. WMI Technology.WMI Structure. Referencing Objects. Accessing WMI from Scripts. The WMI Event Model. Summary.
2. Using VBScript.
Programming VBScript. Accessing WMI from VBScript. Summary.
3. Examining the Filesystem _with WMI.
Filesystem Basics. Manipulating Files. Directories in WMI. Summary.
4. Remote Administration.
Connecting to a Remote Machine. Handling Errors. Representation of Processes in WMI. Summary.
5. WMI Security.
Security at the WMI Level. DCOM Security. Underlying Operating System Security. Security Representation Within WMI. Summary.
6. Logs and Reports.
Examining the Event Logs with WMI. Reporting with the Windows Installer. Product Representation Within WMI. The WMI Object Browser. Summary.
7. System Configuration.
Managing Services with WMI. WMI and the Registry. Summary.
8. Proactive Troubleshooting with _WMI Events.
WMI Event Basics. Asynchronous Event Notification. Permanent Event Subscription. Summary.
9. WMI and Active Directory.
The Structure of ADSI and Its WMI Mapping. Selecting Computers to Manage with Active Directory. Summary.
10. Script Development and _Deployment.
Making Use of the Windows Scripting _Host. Debugging Tools and Techniques. Notes on Script Deployment. Summary.
11. WMI Internals.
Inside the Repository. The WMI Scripting API. Summary.
A. WMI on Other Microsoft _Platforms.
Download and Installation. Running WMI on Windows 95, 98, and Me. Running WMI on Windows NT 4.0. Caveats and Crevices.
B. Accessing WMI from Other _Languages.
Translating into Jscript. Translating into Perl. Translating into Visual Basic. A Note About C/C++.