Performing Management tasks using Cimcmdlets - Processes

WMI provides a standardized system management infrastructure that can be leveraged by a number of different clients. WMI providers and the classes exposed by the providers help in various management tasks. Our MSDN documentation lists a bunch of management scenarios and the corresponding Visual Basic samples, but it is much easier for an IT administrator…

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Implementing MI Provider (6) - Build, Register, and Debug

This blog discusses how to build, register and debug MI provider. Build To build MI provider, open visual studio 2012, create an empty Visual C++ project named “process”, set type to DLL, and add all generated files into the project. Open project property dialog box, navigate to linker page, click input option, Set Module Definition…


Implementing MI Provider (5) - Implement

As discussed in Implementing MI Provider (4) – Generate Code (continute), Convert-MofToProvider.exe tool generates <class name>.c file for each target class, which contains stub functions to place the business logic of each operation, such as enumerate/get/delete/modify/new/<extrinsic methods>. This blog discusses how to implement stub functions of normal (instance) classes, while association and indication class will be discussed…


Implementing MI Provider (4) - Generate Code (continute)

As described in Implementing MI Provider (3), Convert-MofToProvider.exe tool generates a set of code files, including schema.c, module.c, WMIAdapter.c, Provider.DEF, <class name>.h, and <class name>.c. There is one header file for each target class and all of it’s ancestor class(es) if have. And one c file for each target class (specified by -ClassList parameter). Header files…


Introducing - Standards Based Management in Windows Server "8"

We are excited to introduce the investments we have made in Windows Server “8” through this excellent blog post Standards based management in Windows Server 8 by Jeffrey Snover and Wojtek Kozaczynski. It’s a very detailed overview covering “Why Standards based management matters” and “What we have done in Windows “8” to take cloud-management to…