January 18, 2010

How can I manage WMI?

The Windows WMI Control is a graphical tool for managing the most important properties of the WMI infrastructure. Only members of the local Administrators group can use the WMI Control. To run this tool, perform the following steps:

1.Launch the Computer Management MMC snap-in. The exact procedure will vary depending on the version of Windows you are running. Generally you can right-click Computer or My Computer, and choose Manage.

2.Expand the Services and Applications node in the tree pane.

3.Right-click WMI Control and choose Properties.

Managing WMI on a Remote Machine - You can use the WMI Control tool to manage WMI on the local machine or on a remote machine. To connect to WMI on a remote machine, you follow the same procedure previously described in this section, with one additional step. Immediately after step 1, right-click the Computer Management node at the top of the tree and choose Connect to another computer. Then enter the name or IP address of the computer you want to manage and click OK. After connecting to the remote machine, complete steps 2 and 3 in the procedure.

Note that in addition to administrative privilege on the remote machine, you will need appropriate DCOM permissions (described later in this section). Also, DCOM network protocols must not be blocked on the remote machine or on any intermediary devices.

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