Microsoft's Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
The WMI service exe housing is part of the Windows OS that runs as a separate process (Win98/NT/2000) or part of SVCHOST (in Windows XP).
It interacts with management applications through the COM interface.
Windows? Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a component of the Microsoft? Windows? operating system that provides management information and control in an enterprise environment.
By using industry standards, managers can employ WMI to query and set information on desktop systems, applications, networks and other enterprise components.
Developers can use WMI to create event monitoring applications that alert users when important incidents occur.