When you want to get detailed system information or check computer information, you can use the System Information tool (Msinfo32.exe). To access system information: click Start, type msinfo32 into the Search box, and press Enter. You can then view system summaries by selecting the System Summary node. All the configuration statistics provided are collected using the WMI service.

To browse configuration information for a remote computer:

1. Open the System Information tool.

2. Select Remote Computer on the View menu (or press Ctrl+R). This displays the Remote Computer dialog box.

3. In the Remote Computer dialog box, select Remote Computer On The Network. More »

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a key part of the Windows 7 operating system. It is used to gather system statistics, monitor system health, and manage system components. To work properly, WMI relies on the WMI service. This service must be running and properly configured for your environment.

You control the configuration of the WMI service through WMI Control, which can be accessed on a local or remote system by using the following steps:

1. Click Start, type administrative tools, and hit Enter.

2. Then click Computer Management.

3. To connect to a remote computer, right-click Computer Management in the console tree and then select Connect To Another Computer. You can now choose the system that has the services you want to manage, provided you have the proper administrative privileges. More »

Microsoft has updated Windows PowerShell 1.0 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and made new English-language installation packages available for download as of June 23, 2008. Designed to integrate with Windows Server 2003 SP1, SP2 and R2 (x86, x64 and Itanium-based) along with Windows XP SP2 (both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions) and SP3 (only 32-bit), the updated release of Windows PowerShell 1.0 does not target Microsoft’s latest Windows client. Windows Vista SP1 is ignored with the latest variant of Windows Power Shell available since January 30, 2007, the day that Microsoft also made available Vista RTM.

“Windows PowerShell is a new command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration and automation. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell enables IT professionals and developers control and automate the administration of Windows and applications,” Microsoft informed in the product’s description. “Windows PowerShell includes more than 130 command-line tools (called ‘cmdlets’) for performing common system administration tasks, such as managing services, processes, event logs, certificates, the registry, and using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).” More »

Microsoft has released a tool to help administrators scan their network for computers that are capable of running Windows Vista, it scans computers running Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Professional and Server operating systems, collects the inventory, and device information on a network of computers from one computer, the tool just wants the computers to support Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). It outputs spreadsheets that provide detailed results of the inventory and assessment and word documents that summarize the results of the inventory and assessment for all computers that are currently running a Microsoft Windows client operating system. More »

The Windows Vista Hardware Assessment is a tool that will find computers on a network and perform a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). Through use of the detailed inventory data, the tool will assess and report whether the computers can run Windows Vista, where to find drivers for devices on the computers, and provide recommendations for hardware upgrades, where appropriate. More »