Thursday, December 16, 2010

Systems Management Interfaces

I'm sure I'm missing a bunch of other items, but this is a rough start anyway.  I was thinking of what "things" a system admin deals with most often, as it pertains to local vs remote management of each item.  The two that bother me most are Power Plans and Scheduled Tasks.  I sure hope Microsoft decides to clean those up within WMI.  On an even more grandiose delusion I have: I'd love to see them standardize their command syntax and syntactical structures.  Just compare the SC, SCHTASKS and POWERCFG commands (use /? for each).  Holy crap!   And the first person who chimes with "PowerShell is the standard command structure…": Wrong!  It's a bandaid on an amputated leg.  You don't add tools to fix a problem.  You replace them.  It's called efficiency.  I'm cranky tonight.  Going for a walk in the icy slush, which makes me even crankier because cold weather SUCKS!

  COMMAND REMOTE IMPORT EXPORT WMI (root/) WMIC
Scheduled Tasks SCHTASKS YES YES YES ? JOB
Services SC YES NO NO CIMV2, Win32_Service SERVICE
Registry REG YES YES YES DEFAULT, StdRegProv REGISTRY
Event Logs WEVTUTIL YES YES YES CIMV2, Win32_NTLogEvent NTEVENT
Power Plans POWERCFG NO YES YES CIMV2\Power -
Computer Serial Number - - - - CIMV2, Win32_SystemEnclosure SYSTEMENCLOSURE
Drive Mappings NET USE NO NO NO CIMV2, Win32_LogicalDisk NETUSE
Shared Folders NET SHARE YES NO NO CIMV2, Win32_Share SHARE
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