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An efficient mechanism for collecting ANY Systems Management information in a Microsoft** Windows** 2000 network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013831D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Provided is an efficient mechanism for collecting ANY Systems Management information in a Windows 2000 network . There are COM/DCOM interfaces available to issue Windows Query language (WQL) requests. But going to each machine in a domain and issuing a query individually is extremely time-consuming, with the possibility of many of them giving NULL responses. This method uses efficient broadcast facilities, in the form of mailslots, built into Windows 2000 to send the request to all machines. The client can be any program which can issue messages to a well-known mailbox.

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  An efficient mechanism for collecting ANY Systems Management information in a Microsoft** Windows** 2000 network

Provided is an efficient mechanism for collecting ANY Systems
Management information in a Windows 2000 network .

     There are COM/DCOM interfaces available to issue Windows
Query language (WQL) requests. But going to each machine in a
domain and issuing a query individually is extremely
time-consuming, with the possibility of many of them giving NULL
responses.

     This method uses efficient broadcast facilities, in the form
of mailslots, built into Windows 2000 to send the request to all
machines.

     The client can be any program which can issue messages to a
well-known mailbox.

     The servers, installed on each machine in the network as a
Windows NT** service, listen for mail.

     The mail 'request' message is interpreted as a WQL String
and the query is issued.

     If, and only if, results are generated from the query are
they packaged up in XML and sent back to the client as a mail
'reply' message.

     Below is an example of a simple client, developed using an
MFC (Microsoft Foundation Classes) Application tree-controls. The
example used the query "select * from Win32_LogicalDisk". The
client, in this instance has no understanding of the
Attribute/Value pairs and just displays them in a table. It could
be used to present the results from ANY WQL command.

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Using MMC (Microsoft Management Console) Snap-Ins

     The client could easily be packaged using other Windows 2000
technologies,...