Introduction to CIM Cmdlets
PowerShell 3.0 shipping with Windows server 2012 and Windows 8 brings a new set of Cmdlets to manage any server or device that complies with CIM and WS-Man standards defined by DMTF. In this blog post we will explore these new Cmdlets and how can they help IT Pros in managing a datacenter.
The list of new Cmdlets is given in the table below:
|Get-CimInstance||Gets instances of a class.|
|New-CimInstance||Creates a new instance of a class.|
|Remove-CimInstance||Removes one of more instances of a class.|
|Set-CimInstance||Modifies one or more instances of a class.|
|Get-CimAssociatedInstance||Gets all the associated instances for a particular instance.|
|Invoke-CimMethod||Invokes instance or static method of a class.|
|Get-CimClass||Gets class schema of a CIM class.|
|Register-CimIndicationEvent||Helps subscribe to events.|
|New-CimSession||Creates a CIM Session with local or a remote machine|
|Get-CimSession||Gets a list of CIM Sessions that have been made.|
|Remove-CimSession||Removes CimSessions that are there on a machine.|
|New-CimSessionOption||Creates a set of options that can be used while creating a CIM session.|
Basic terminologyIf you are already familiar with terms like WMI, CIM, WinRM and WS-Man, you can skip this section.
CIM: Common Information Model (CIM) is the DMTF standard [DSP0004] for describing the structure and behavior of managed resources such as storage, network, or software components.
WMI: Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a CIM server that implements the CIM standard on Windows.
WS-Man: WS-Management (WS-Man) protocol is a SOAP-based, firewall-friendly protocol for management clients to communicate with CIM servers.
WinRM: Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of the WS-Man protocol on Windows.