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WMI Infrastructure

Updated: August 5, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is an infrastructure for distributed management of computers running on a Windows operating system. The infrastructure is a standards-based model specified by the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF).

Managed Entities

The following is a list of the managed entities that are included in this managed entity:

Name Description

WMI Service

The WMI Service is the Windows implementation of a Common Information Model Object Manager (CIMOM) as defined by the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF). It mediates the interactions between a client application using WMI and the WMI repository and providers.

The WMI service should be automatically started by the Service Control Manager (SCM).


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

ADAP Base Class Availability

AutoDiscovery/AutoPurge (ADAP) is a process that transfers performance libraries into WMI classes.

Event Filter Query Functionality

WMI supports a query language called the WMI Query Language (WQL). WQL is a subset of structured query language (SQL) that is used by most relational database management systems. An event filter query is a WQL query that is used when processing WMI events.

WMI Client Connections

A WMI client is any process that connects to the WMI service.

Related Management Information

Management Infrastructure

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