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1.  Overview of Solaris Web-Based Enterprise Management

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



The Solaris WBEM Developer's Guide explains Common Information Model (CIM) concepts. In addition, this guide describes how to administer Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) services in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

In addition, this guide describes the Solaris Web-Based Enterprise Management Software Developer's Kit (WBEM SDK). The WBEM SDK enables developers to create standards-based applications that manage resources in the Solaris OS. Developers can also use this toolkit to write providers, which are programs that communicate with managed resources to access data.

The Solaris WBEM SDK includes the following items:

Note - This Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC, SPARC64, IA-32, AMD64. The supported SPARC based systems are listed in the Solaris Sun Hardware Platform Guide at The supported x86 based systems appear in the Solaris Hardware Compatibility List at This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document the term “x86” refers to the Intel 32-bit family of microprocessors and compatible 64-bit and 32-bit microprocessors made by AMD. For supported systems, see the Solaris Hardware Compatibility List.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is for the following types of software developers:

Before You Read This Book

This book requires a solid understanding of the following information:

If you are unfamiliar with these areas, you might find the following references useful:

The following web sites are useful resources when working with WBEM technologies:

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1, Overview of Solaris Web-Based Enterprise Management introduces Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), the Common Information Model (CIM), the application programming interfaces (APIs) in the Solaris WBEM SDK, and CIM Workshop.

Chapter 2, Using the CIM Object Manager describes the CIM Object Manager. This chapter covers how to start and how to stop the CIM Object Manager and how to upgrade the CIM Object Manager Repository.

Chapter 3, Using the Sample Programs describes the sample programs that are provided with the Solaris WBEM SDK.

Chapter 4, Writing a Client Program explains how to use the client APIs to write client programs.

Chapter 5, Writing WBEM Queries explains how to use the WBEM Query Language (WQL) and the Query APIs to write and handle queries.

Chapter 6, Writing a Provider Program explains how to use the provider APIs to write provider programs.

Chapter 7, Creating JavaBeans Components Using the MOF Compiler explains how to use the MOF compiler.

Chapter 8, Administering Security describes WBEM security mechanisms and the features that the CIM Object Manager enforces.

Chapter 9, Troubleshooting describes how to view log data and explains the error messages that are generated by components of the Solaris WBEM SDK.

Appendix A, Solaris Platform Schema describes the MOF files that are included with the Solaris WBEM SDK.

Related Information

You might also want to refer to the following related documentation:

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol
The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

Perform a patch analysis.

Do not save the file.

[Note that some emphasized items appear bold online.]

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

C shell prompt
C shell superuser prompt
Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt
Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt