Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) comprises Microsoft specifications designed to streamline the administration of devices and applications within a network using Windows computing systems. WMI offers users insights into the status of computer systems, whether they are local or remote.
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a PowerShell subsystem that provides administrators with potent system monitoring capabilities. While initially crafted for swift and efficient system administration, it harbors another potential: employers or IT admins can leverage it as a surveillance tool to monitor employees. This capability proves invaluable in identifying and thwarting insider threats.
In this short blog, let’s get to know WMI briefly, what admins can use it for, and the advantage of executing PowerShell scripts from a UEM dashboard.
What is Windows Management Instrumentation?
WMI serves the function of aiding administrators in the management of diverse Windows operational environments, including those of remote systems. A notable benefit of WMI lies in its capacity to minimize maintenance efforts and decrease the expenses associated with overseeing enterprise network components.
WMI is integrated into Microsoft’s latest operating systems upon installation. In operating systems predating Windows 10, the vendor supplied a command-line interface (CLI) for WMI called WMI Command Line (WMIC). WMIC seamlessly aligns with the existing shells and utility commands in the earlier versions of Windows.
WMI offers users a uniform representation of Windows operation, configuration, and status within enterprise networks. It furnishes a COM API enabling the retrieval of management information pertaining to the status of computer systems, whether local or remote. Remote connections to WMI are established using the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM).
A Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) toolkit offers various expansions to the Windows Driver Model, which serves as an interface within the operating system for essential information and diverse notification types.
Programmers and IT administrators have the capability to craft WMI scripts or applications for the automation of administrative tasks on distant computers. There is no necessity to download or install a dedicated Software Development Kit (SDK) for the creation of such scripts or applications. Operations or data retrieval through WMI can be executed by management applications or scripts using a diverse range of programming languages.
Why Admins Need WMI?
WMI is a handy PowerShell subsystem that lets IT admins execute various Windows device management tasks, including:
- Create security settings for remote devices and apps
- Gather intelligence on local and remote networks
- Create or change user and group permissions
- Set up and edit different system properties
- Select specific times to run certain processes
- Execute codes and serialize objects
- Enable/disable error logs
- Distribute and change labels for drives
- Configure backups for object repositories
Apart from facilitating scripts, WMI also provides management data to various components of the operating system and products, such as Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Windows Remote Management (WinRM).
Run PowerShell Scripts with Scalefusion UEM
Windows Management Instrumentation is definitely helpful for IT admins in managing remote Windows systems. However, challenges may arise when the device fleet is large and globally distributed. Different time zones can also create certain hindrances. This is where a UEM solution like Scalefusion makes the difference. It allows IT admins to run PowerShell scripts for managed Windows devices and execute them remotely in a scheduled manner. All from a centralized dashboard.
|PowerShell scripts & custom payloads for Windows device management using Scalefusion
In addition, there are a lot more features that Windows device management via a UEM solution offers. From basic management options to Windows App Catalog and patch management—Scalefusion does it all for your IT.
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