Thursday, July 07, 2005

Hardware management in Windows Server 2003 R2 - tidbits from TechEd Europe

A new feature of R2 is the ability to manage hardware through something called WS-Management. WS-Management uses the WS-* Web Service architecture to support a consistent method for remote management of devices (e.g. servers). It does this by exposing a set of functionalities to consume hardware management information on top of the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). In addition to hardware it also interfaces with WMI so you can accomplish management tasks both through IPMI-enabled devices and WMI.Functions exposed are Read and Set information. Execute methods, create and delete objects and retrieve collections of objects. By default it uses certificate-based authentication but R2 also provides basic authentication (over SSL of course).

An example would be enabling Remote Desktops through wsman as I've demonstrated earlier through WMI and through the registry -

wsman invoke
ServerName=HOSTNAME -machine:FQDN @{AllowTSConnections="1"}

(Wrapped for readability)

The wsman command line tool itself is actually a script, so you can use this as a basis for your own scripts, furthermore it "only" needs port 443 open on the target system.

For more information check out the TechNet scriptcenter article or this whitepaper.

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