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1.  Overview of Solaris Web-Based Enterprise Management

About Web-Based Enterprise Management

About the Common Information Model

About Solaris WBEM Services

Software Components

CIM Object Manager

Managed Object Format Compiler

Solaris Platform Schema

Solaris WBEM SDK

Using CIM Workshop to Develop WBEM Applications

CIM Workshop Documentation

Running CIM Workshop

How to Start CIM Workshop

How to Exit CIM Workshop

About the Main Window

2.  Using the CIM Object Manager

3.  Using the Sample Programs

4.  Writing a Client Program

5.  Writing WBEM Queries

6.  Writing a Provider Program

7.  Creating JavaBeans Components Using the MOF Compiler

8.  Administering Security

9.  Troubleshooting

A.  Solaris Platform Schema


About Solaris WBEM Services

The Solaris WBEM Services software is the Solaris platform implementation of WBEM and CIM standards. The following components are included with Solaris WBEM Services:

Solaris WBEM Services software provides WBEM services in the Solaris OS, including secure access and manipulation of management data. The software includes a Solaris platform provider that enables management applications to access information about managed resources such as devices and software in the Solaris OS.

The CIMOM accepts connections from management applications that use either the Remote Method Invocation (RMI) protocol or the XML over HTTP protocol. The CIMOM provides the following services to connected clients:

Once connected to a WBEM-enabled system, WBEM clients can request WBEM operations to:

Software Components

Solaris WBEM Services software consists of three software components: Application, Management, and Provider. These components interact with the operating system and with hardware. The following figure shows the software components and how these components interact.

Figure 1-1 Solaris WBEM Services Architecture

Diagram shows the interaction between components of the Application, Management, and Provider layers of the WBEM services architecture.

CIM Object Manager

The CIM Object Manager manages CIM objects on a WBEM-enabled system. When a WBEM client application accesses information about a CIM object, the CIMOM contacts either the appropriate provider for that object, or the CIMOM Repository. When a client application requests data that is not available from the Repository, the CIMOM forwards the request to the provider for that managed resource. The provider dynamically retrieves the information.

WBEM client applications contact the CIM Object Manager to establish a connection. This connection is used to perform WBEM operations, such as creating a CIM class or updating a CIM instance. When a WBEM client application connects to the CIM Object Manager, the WBEM client gets a reference to the CIM Object Manager. The client can use that reference to request services and perform operations.

Managed Object Format Compiler

You use the Managed Object Format (MOF) language to specify CIM schema. You define classes and instances using ASCII text, and place those classes in a file that you submit to the MOF compiler, mofcomp(1M). The MOF compiler parses the file to add the classes and instances defined in the file to the CIM Object Manager repository. See Chapter 7, Creating JavaBeans Components Using the MOF Compiler for information on how to use the MOF compiler to automatically generate JavaBeans components from MOF files.

Because you can convert MOF to Java, applications developed in MOF can run on any system or in any environment that supports the Java platform.

Note - For more in-depth information about the MOF language, files, and syntax, see

Solaris Platform Schema

The Solaris platform schema is an extension schema of the Common Model. The Solaris platform schema specifically describes managed objects running in the Solaris OS.

When you install Solaris WBEM Services, the CIM schema and the Solaris platform schema MOF files populate the /usr/sadm/mof directory. These files are automatically compiled when the CIMOM starts. The CIM schema files, denoted by the CIM_ prefix, form standard CIM objects. The Solaris platform schema extends the standard CIM schema by describing Solaris platform objects. The MOF files that make up the Solaris platform schema have the Solaris_ prefix.

Note - The CIM schema and Solaris platform schema are installed at file:/usr/sadm/lib/wbem/doc/mofhtml/index.html.

Solaris WBEM SDK

The Solaris WBEM SDK is a set of APIs that contain the components necessary to write management applications. These applications communicate with WBEM-enabled management devices by using XML and HTTP communication standards.

Solaris WBEM applications request information or services from the Common Information Model (CIM) Object Manager through the WBEM APIs. These APIs represent CIM objects as Java classes. You use the APIs to describe managed objects and to retrieve information about managed objects in a system environment. The advantage of modeling managed resources by using CIM is that those objects can be shared across any system that is CIM-compliant.

Note - The Solaris WBEM application programming interface (API) documentation is in Javadoc format and is installed at file:/usr/sadm/lib/wbem/doc/index.html during a Solaris OS installation.

The Solaris WBEM APIs are described in the following table.

Table 1-1 Solaris WBEM APIs

Package Name
Includes common classes and methods that represent the basic CIM elements. The CIM APIs create objects on the local system.
Applications use the CIMClient class to connect to the CIM Object Manager. Applications use the other classes and methods to transfer data to and from the CIM Object Manager.

The Batching APIs, a subset of the Client APIs, enable clients to batch multiple requests in one remote call. This capability reduces the delay introduced by multiple remote message exchanges.

The CIM Object Manager uses these APIs to pass application requests for dynamic data to providers.
Contains classes and methods that you use to formulate and manipulate queries by using the WBEM Query Language (WQL).