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  • Blog Post: Introducing new Management Infrastructure (MI) API

    In Windows 8/Windows server 2012 we introduced new Management Infrastructure (MI) API for writing WMI provider and client applications. This blog post will explain our goals for "Improving developer Experience" and WHY we did a new API for client and provider, instead of updating existing WMI API. ...
  • Blog Post: Standards Based Management: DMTF Management Profiles

    The investments we’ve made in Windows Server 2012 (and WMF3.0) for standards based management is built around WS-Man as the remoting protocol (HTTP is the transport) and CIM as the model. By themselves, WS-Man and CIM are useful, but may not provide a consistent experience when managing a similar...
  • Blog Post: Using WS-Man to invoke a Powershell Cmdlet

    First, let me apologize for the lack of posts to this blog. Out original team goal was to have a new post every month, but holidays/vacations/work got in the way. I’ll try to restart this rhythm. For this first post of the New Year, I’m going to cover a more technical topic. Most Windows...
  • Blog Post: Configurig WSMan Limits

    Here is an article that shows how to use Powershell to easily configure WSMan Limits. http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2010/05/03/configuring-wsman-limits.aspx Hope this helps. Aditya Patwardhan [MSFT]
  • Blog Post: Why do I get ACCESS DENIED when running commands on a remote PS runspace?

    This blog entry describes the reasons behind getting "Access Denied" on certain commands run on remote PS runspaces and ways to work around them. The category of commands include ones that authenticate to other services, try to access network resources and others that depend on the "impersonation" level...
  • Blog Post: Powershell Remoting fails with 502 error from server

    502 usually results from an intermediate gateway/proxy unable to understand server’s response. If however, you don't expect a gateway or proxy to sit between your client and server, this error may result from a misconfigured proxy settings on your client box. To view, proxy settings, run the following...
  • Blog Post: Powershell Remoting through Load Balancers : The "select or value was not found" problem

    Powershell remoting is supported over load balancers with configuration described at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee309370(VS.85).aspx#load_balancing_in__the__iis_extension_hosting_model Users when trying to use this feature may hit a problem that breaks an active runspace with an error...
  • Blog Post: WinRM hosted in IIS fails to start with error 1300 in event log

    WinRM is hosted within IIS by enabling the WinRM native module at a particular IIS site, app or a vdir. IIS sites and apps can be configured to run in a specific application pool. Each application pool runs under a specific user context. WinRM will fail to start when the user associated with the application...
  • Blog Post: Quick and Dirty Large Scale Event forwarding for Windows

    We recently got a question on this blog about event forwarding. This post by Otto Helweg gives a great introduction to event forwarding mechanism in windows - http://blogs.technet.com/otto/archive/2008/07/08/quick-and-dirty-enterprise-eventing-for-windows.aspx Kapil Mathur [MSFT]
  • Blog Post: CIM 101

    The CIM is an information model, a conceptual view of the managed environment, that attempts to unify and extend the existing instrumentation and management standards (SNMP, DMI, CMIP, etc.) using object-oriented constructs and design. WMI uses the Common Information Model (CIM) industry standard to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework RC release for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    The Microsoft Windows Management Framework RC release for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 includes the following components: WinRM 2.0 Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of WS-Management Protocol , a standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)–based, firewall...
  • Blog Post: What's New in WinRM for Windows 7

    Topic Description WinRM Client Shell API The WinRM Client Shell application programming interface (API) provides functionality to create and manage shells and shell operations, commands, and data streams on remote computers. WinRM Plugin API The WinRM Plug-in API provides...
  • Blog Post: How To Use WSMan Proxy Support

    The end user can operate a WSMan client from behind a web proxy for remote management, that is, the client machine connects to the internet through a web proxy server. All HTTP traffic between the client machine and the internet must pass through the proxy server. Communication between WSMan client...
  • Blog Post: Association Traversal Using WSMan cmdlets

    First let us review the concept of “CIM/WMI association”, then we’ll show examples on how to perform association traversal using WSMan-related cmdlets. Please note this is a generic discussion about association traversal but targeting Win7 implementation. Applying them to standard interop namespace and...
  • Blog Post: Forwarding security related events from XP, Win2k3, Vista using WinRM (WSMan) event forwarding

    Procedure for forwarding system and application logs from a given winrm endpoint can be found at http://blogs.technet.com/otto/default.aspx In order to forward security events, the following needs to be done at the endpoint: If endpoint is Vista, WS08: Add "Network Service" to the "Event Log Readers...
  • Blog Post: WSMan Enhancements in PowerShell 2.0

    Windows PowerShell 2.0 makes it easy to retrieve WSMan specific Management information in an intuitive, discoverable and script friendly manner. Variety of tasks such as configuring a machine for remote management to connecting to WinRM service on a machine and managing resources both in-band and...
  • Blog Post: How to use WSMan config provider for certificate authentication

    WSMan Client certificate authentication is primarily used in non-domain cases: client can specify certain certificate as credential, after authentication each other, it’s mapped to a local account on the server, meaning the WinRM service runs under the context of the mapped account when processing the...
  • Blog Post: Three ways to configure WinRM listeners.

    Configure WinRM Listeners through Quick Configure. 1. Configuration HTTP listener and other actions to enable this machine for remote management: winrm qc 2. Configuration HTTPS listener and other actions to enable this machine for remote management: winrm qc –transport:https Note: this...
  • Blog Post: Great blog post on event forwarding

    Check out the following blog on WinRM event forwarding at http://blogs.technet.com/otto/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Accessing WMI data via WinRM

    Windows Remote Management, better known as WinRM , provides an easy to use firewall friendly way to access Windows Management Instrumentation ( WMI ) data across different systems, using SOAP over HTTP protocol. In a nutshell, WMI represents management data in an enterprise network, and WinRM provides...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Windows Management Infrastructure Blog

    Vision and Mission To provide IT Professionals, Management Solution Providers, Hosted Service providers and Developers visibility into feature ideas, opinions and solutions from the Windows Management Platform team. To empower IT Professionals with ideas/tools that will help with Data Center automation...
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