Hello everyone, and welcome back to the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will take a short little peek at the new Windows Remote Management infrastructure in Vista and Longhorn Server.
What is Windows Remote Management? Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of the WS-Management protocol, a standard SOAP-based, firewall-friendly protocol that allows hardware and operating systems from different vendors to interoperate.
The WS-Management protocol specification provides a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across an IT infrastructure. WinRM and IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface), along with the Event Collector, are components of the Windows Hardware Management features.
What scenarios does this enable? Using WinRM scripting objects, the WinRM command-line tool, or the Windows Remote Shell command line tool, you can obtain data from local and remote computers. You can also obtain hardware data from WS-Management protocol implementations running on non-Windows operating systems. WinRM can also supply standard WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) data, but it handles remote connections via the SOAP-based WS-Management protocol rather than DCOM.