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WMI Control Overview

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

WMI Control overview

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Control is a tool that enables you to configure WMI settings on a remote computer or local computer. Using the WMI Control, you can manage the following tasks remotely.

Authorize users or groups and set permission levels

You can enable an individual user, group, or namespace to access network objects and perform WMI tasks and services. For example, you can enable a group to manage WMI's Common Information Model (CIM) objects on their local computers.

Configure error logging

You can turn error logging on or off and, if turned on, set it to report errors only (the default) or all actions (verbose). Error logging can help you troubleshoot WMI problems. You can also define a maximum size for log files and their folder location.

Back up the repository

You can configure the WMI Control to back up your repository on a regular schedule, or you can do it manually at any time. The repository is the database of objects that you can access through WMI. You can also restore a previous version of the repository.

Change the default namespace for scripting

You can change the default namespace that is targeted in WMI scripts.

For more information, see WMI Overview

For information about using the command-line interface to WMI, see Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line.

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