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Chapter 7. Windows Management Instrument... > Enabling WMI on Your Network's Compu...

Enabling WMI on Your Network's Computers

By default, WMI may not be enabled on versions of Windows earlier than XP. You may need to enable both DCOM (for network software access to WMI) and WMI on each computer in your organization. WMI can be enabled by Group Policy on domain networks managed by Windows 2000 or .NET servers with only Windows 2000 and XP Professional workstations. That doesn't describe any networks I know. Therefore, if you have a workgroup network or have older versions of Windows on your network, you'll have to do some work to get every workstation ready for WMI.

Windows NT, 2000, and XP

WMI is installed by default on Windows NT, 2000, and XP. However, you'll probably want to upgrade the version found on Windows NT. WMI version 1.01 was supplied with Windows NT Service Pack 4. You can download the current version (1.5 at the time of this writing) from www.microsoft.com/download, file wmint4.exe. Windows 2000 and XP have WMI version 1.5 preinstalled, so they're ready to go out of the box.


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