Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is the Microsoft implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), an industry standard for managing computers. WMI exposes system information in accordance with the Common Information Model (CIM), also an industry standard. You need a WMI provider to expose system information to WMI to manage applications and devices. This article offers an in-depth discussion of how to write WMI providers using the WMI provider framework, and how to optimize performance.
Kevin Hughes and David Wohlferd
MSDN Magazine May 2000
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