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Web-based enterprise management (WBEM) is a set of system management industry standards developed to bring uniformity to distributed computing environments.
WBEM is based on Internet standards such as Common Information Model infrastructure (CIM), CIM-XML and Web services management. It is important to note that WBEM is not necessarily Web-based because it is not tied to a specific user interface. WBEM technology allows remote management of applications through an integrated set of standard management tools.
WBEM has been implemented in various operating systems including Apple remote management tool, Mac OS X, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows, Solaris WBEM Services, HP-UX operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu.
WBEM was developed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DTMF) in coalition with BMC Software, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Compaq, IBM and other companies. WBEM technology allows for the exchange of Common Information Model (CIM) data across a wide range of technologies and platforms through the Web.
WBEM consists of three main components
Some of the key features of the WBEM standard include:
WBEM has been implemented in most operating systems, including Mac OSX, Novell's SUS E Linux Enterprose Server, Mircrosoft's Windows Management Instrumentationt technology and Hewlett Packard's HP-UX operating system. Red Hat Linux is also shipped with Open Pegasus, a WBEM implementation.