1.1 Glossary

This document uses the following terms:

action URI: A URI that identifies which operation or method needs to be applied to a resource.

CIM class: A CIM object that represents a CIM class definition as a CIM object. It is the template representing a manageable entity with a set of properties and methods.

CIM instance: An instantiation of a CIM class representing a manageable entity.

CIM method: An operation describing the behavior of a CIM class or a CIM instance. It is generally an action that can be performed against the manageable entity made up of a CIM class.

CIM namespace: A logical grouping of a set of CIM classes designed for the same purpose or sharing a common management objective within the database used to store all CIM class definitions.

CIM object: Refers to a CIM class or a CIM instance.

collector: In the context of events, the consumer of the event.

Common Information Model (CIM): The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) model that describes how to represent real-world computer and network objects. CIM uses an object-oriented paradigm, where managed objects are modeled using the concepts of classes and instances. See [DMTF-DSP0004].

Common Information Model (CIM) class: A collection of Common Information Model (CIM) instances that support the same type, that is, the same CIM properties and CIM methods, as specified in [DMTF-DSP0004].

Common Information Model (CIM) instance: Provides values for the CIM properties associated with the CIM instance's defining CIM class. A CIM instance does not carry values for any other CIM properties or CIM methods that are not defined in (or inherited by) its defining CIM class. For more information, see [DMTF-DSP0004].

Common Information Model (CIM) object: An object that represents a Common Information Model (CIM) object. This can be either a CIM class or a CIM instance of a CIM class.

Custom Remote Shell: Refers to any shell besides the default Text-based Command Shell configured, manipulated, and invoked by the client.

Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF): An industry organization that develops management standards and integration technology for enterprise and Internet environments.

endpoint reference (EPR): A combination of WS-Addressing ([WSAddressing]) and WS-Management–addressing elements that together describe an address for a resource in the SOAP message header.

globally unique identifier (GUID): A term used interchangeably with universally unique identifier (UUID) in Microsoft protocol technical documents (TDs). Interchanging the usage of these terms does not imply or require a specific algorithm or mechanism to generate the value. Specifically, the use of this term does not imply or require that the algorithms described in [RFC4122] or [C706] must be used for generating the GUID. See also universally unique identifier (UUID).

higher layer protocol (HLP): The protocol that invoked the WSMV server.

Internet host name: The name of a host as defined in [RFC1123] section 2.1, with the extensions described in [MS-HNDS].

Managed Object Format (MOF): A textual encoding for Common Information Model (CIM) objects, this representation is not used within protocol operations defined in [MS-WMI]. MOF is defined in [DMTF-DSP0004] section 3. The MOF text encoding is only used for illustrative purposes. The binary encoding can be translated to and from the MOF format.

plugin: A software entity that implements one or more WSDL operations.

property: A name/value pair that describes a unit of data for a class. Property values must have a valid Managed Object Format (MOF) data type.

publisher: In the context of events: The source of event generation. An application or component that writes to one or more event logs. An application that publishes events.

publisher-initiated event subscription: An alternative approach to collector-initiated subscription, where the publisher initiates the subscription process instead of the collector.

qualifier: A metadata item as specified in [DMTF-DSP0004] section 4.5.4. This consists of a simple name, a type, a value, and a flavor (a propagation rule for the qualifier).

resource: Any component that a computer can access where data can be read, written, or processed. This resource could be an internal component such as a disk drive, or another computer on a network that is used to access a file.

resource URI: The Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that is used to identify a specific type of resource, such as disks or processes, on a network ([DMTF-DSP0226] section 5.1.2.1).

selector: A name/value pair that represents a particular instance of a resource; essentially a filter or "key" that identifies the desired instance of the resource.

service: An application that provides management services to clients through the WS-Management Protocol and other web services.

SOAP: A lightweight protocol for exchanging structured information in a decentralized, distributed environment. SOAP uses XML technologies to define an extensible messaging framework, which provides a message construct that can be exchanged over a variety of underlying protocols. The framework has been designed to be independent of any particular programming model and other implementation-specific semantics. SOAP 1.2 supersedes SOAP 1.1. See [SOAP1.2-1/2003].

Transport Layer Security (TLS): A security protocol that supports confidentiality and integrity of messages in client and server applications communicating over open networks. TLS supports server and, optionally, client authentication by using X.509 certificates (as specified in [X509]). TLS is standardized in the IETF TLS working group.

Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): A string that identifies a resource. The URI is an addressing mechanism defined in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax [RFC3986].

universally unique identifier (UUID): A 128-bit value. UUIDs can be used for multiple purposes, from tagging objects with an extremely short lifetime, to reliably identifying very persistent objects in cross-process communication such as client and server interfaces, manager entry-point vectors, and RPC objects. UUIDs are highly likely to be unique. UUIDs are also known as globally unique identifiers (GUIDs) and these terms are used interchangeably in the Microsoft protocol technical documents (TDs). Interchanging the usage of these terms does not imply or require a specific algorithm or mechanism to generate the UUID. Specifically, the use of this term does not imply or require that the algorithms described in [RFC4122] or [C706] must be used for generating the UUID.

Web Services Description Language (WSDL): An XML format for describing network services as a set of endpoints that operate on messages that contain either document-oriented or procedure-oriented information. The operations and messages are described abstractly and are bound to a concrete network protocol and message format in order to define an endpoint. Related concrete endpoints are combined into abstract endpoints, which describe a network service. WSDL is extensible, which allows the description of endpoints and their messages regardless of the message formats or network protocols that are used.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI): The Microsoft implementation of Common Information Model (CIM), as specified in [DMTF-DSP0004]. WMI allows an administrator to manage local and remote machines and models computer and network objects using an extension of the CIM standard.

WMI provider: An add-on to (WMI) that maps topic-specific information into the CIM for uniform representation in (WMI).

Xml Schema Definition (XSD): A namespace-aware and data type–aware XML schema definition language, or an instance of an XML schema written using the language.

MAY, SHOULD, MUST, SHOULD NOT, MUST NOT: These terms (in all caps) are used as defined in [RFC2119]. All statements of optional behavior use either MAY, SHOULD, or SHOULD NOT.

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