Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Remote Protocol is a Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), as specified in [MS-DCOM], a client/server–based framework that provides an open and automated means of systems management. WMI leverages the Common Information Model (CIM), as specified in [DMTF-DSP0004], to represent various components of the operating system. CIM is the conceptual model for storing enterprise management information. The information available from CIM is specified by a series of classes and associations, and the elements contained in them (methods, properties, and references). These constructs describe the data available to WMI clients.
Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in RFC 2119. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but cannot contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.