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Understanding the WMI Provider for Configuration Management

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides the WMI Provider for Configuration Management. This lets you use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to manage SQL Server services, SQL Server client and server network settings, and server aliases. SQL Server services, network settings, and aliases are represented by WMI objects in the root\Microsoft\SqlServer\ComputerManagement namespace of the computer. After a connection is established with the WMI provider on the specified computer, the services, network settings, and aliases can be queried using WQL or a scripting language.

The WMI Provider is an instance provider. It supplies instances of the WMI Classes and supports the following asynchronous operations.

Instance retrieval

Retrieval of a particular class type instance.

Enumeration

Enumeration of all instances of a class type.

Modification

Modification of a particular instance of a class type.

Classes have methods that allow the modification of their properties.

Deletion

Removing a particular instance of a class type.

Query processing

Enumeration of instances of a class type based on a filter.

For examples of management application using the WMI Provider for Configuration Management, see Using WQL and Scripting Languages with the WMI Provider for Configuration Management.

For more information about programming management applications using the WMI Provider, see the WMI documentation in the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK.

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