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Chapter 7. Windows Management Instrument... > Introduction to Windows Management I...

Introduction to Windows Management Instrumentation

If you own even just one Windows computer, you know that maintenance can be a frustrating, time-consuming job. Multiply this by hundreds or thousands, and imagine what corporate IT managers face every day. Just keeping track of the computer inventory is a large-enough task; then there are the frequent network configuration changes, the addition and removal of network printers, updating applications and moving-target shared folders—not to mention crashes, hardware failures, and user-induced disasters. Keeping an organization's computers together is like trying to hold 50 Ping-Pong balls underwater with your bare hands. An IT job can be a one-way ticket to a padded cell and some very serious medication.

One way out of this mess is to eliminate, to the extent possible, the need to walk from computer to computer in order to make changes. On large networks, Active Directory helps by automating the installation of application software. Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) can help with the rest of the maintenance burden.


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