Sending WMI Events

A driver can use WMI events to notify user-mode applications of events without requiring the applications to poll or send IRPs. A driver should use WMI events to notify WMI clients of exceptional conditions, not as an alternative to error logging. A driver should support any standard event blocks defined for its device type in Wmicore.mof, and might define and register additional custom event blocks to support device-specific notifications.

An event block is simply a data block that derives from the abstract base class WMIEvent. An event block can contain any of the same data as a data block, or it can be empty—that is, an event block need not contain any driver-defined data items. If an event block does contain data, the total size of the WNODE_XXX plus the data should not exceed the registry-defined limit of 1 kilobyte. In general, smaller events result in better system performance and more timely notification. For information about defining blocks, see MOF Syntax for WMI Data and Event Blocks and Designing WMI Data and Event Blocks.

A driver indicates support for an event by registering the corresponding event block with WMIREG_FLAG_EVENT_ONLY_GUID set in the block's WMIREGGUID structure. For information about registering blocks, see Registering as a WMI Data Provider.

When a WMI client user requests notification of an event, WMI sends an IRP_MN_ENABLE_EVENTS request to the driver, which alerts the driver to begin monitoring the event's driver-determined trigger condition. Then, when the trigger condition occurs, the driver sends the event to WMI, which delivers it to all data consumers that have registered for the event.

A driver sends an event to WMI in one of the following ways:

  • Call the kernel-mode WMI library routine WmiFireEvent. A driver can call WmiFireEvent to send only events that do not use dynamic instance names, and that base static instance names on a single base name string or the device instance ID of a PDO. Furthermore, the event must be a single instance—that is, a driver cannot call WmiFireEvent to send an event that consists of a single item or multiple instances. For more information, see Sending an Event with WmiFireEvent.

  • Call the kernel-mode routine IoWMIWriteEvent with a pointer to a driver-allocated and initialized WNODE_XXX structure that contains the event's data. For more information, see Sending an Event with IoWMIWriteEvent.



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