Monday, May 01, 2006

Diagnosing the WMI Services

The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a Windows subsystem that allows you to programatically make calls to the operating system to get information about the hardware, OS, and application. Although, sometimes this subsystem can experience problems and it can be difficult to determine if its running correctly.

To help diagnose if the system is experiencing a problem, Microsoft has created the WMI Diagnosis Utility. It consists of a VB script and some Excel spreadsheets, which is used to check the WMI namespaces from the system being scanned. If some namespaces is found to be missing, then this is an indication that there could be a problem. Also, if a problem is found, an error will be created in the log file and suggested fixes for the problems will be noted if there available.

If you do have a problem with the WMI, check out the following article on repairing it.

  • The WMI Diagnosis Utility runs on Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, and Vista.
  • The WMI Diagnosis Utility must be run on the local computer, and you must have local administrator rights on the computer on which you run the script.

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