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 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.