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Desktop Management Interface
<standard, operating system> (DMI) A specification from the Desktop
Management Task Force (DMTF) that establishes a standard framework for managing
networked computers. DMI covers hardware and software, desktop systems and
servers, and defines a model for filtering events and describing interfaces.
DMI provides a common path for technical support, IT managers, and individual
users to access information about all aspects of a computer - including
processor type, installation date, attached printers and other peripherals,
power sources, and maintenance history. It provides a common format for
describing products to aid vendors, systems integrators, and end users in
enterprise desktop management.
DMI is not tied to any specific hardware, operating system, or management
protocols. It is easy for vendors to adopt, mappable to existing management
protocols such as Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and can be used on
DMI's four components are:
Management Information Format (MIF) - a text file containing information about
the hardware and software on a computer. Manufacturers can create their own MIFs
specific to a component.
Service layer - an OS add-on that connects the management interface and the
component interface and allows management and component software to access MIF
files. The service layer also includes a common interface called the local
agent, which is used to manage individual components.
Component interface (CI) - an application program interface (API) that sends
status information to the appropriate MIF file via the service layer. Commands
include Get, Set, and Event.
Management interface (MI) - the management software's interface to the service
layer. Commands are Get, Set, and List.
CI, MI, and service layer drivers are available on the Internet. Intel's LANDesk
Client Manager (LDCM) is based on DMI.
Version: 2.0s (as of 2000-01-19).
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Desktop Management Task Force
<body> (DMTF) The industry consortium that develops, supports, and
maintains standards for systems management of PC systems and products, to reduce
total cost of ownership. These include the Desktop Management Interface (DMI),
the most-widely used management standard today.
The DMTF is participating in an industry effort to create a standard for
management over the Internet. They are defining an object-oriented Common
Information Model (CIM).
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A user interface to system services, usually icon and menu based like the
Macintosh Finder, enabling the user to run application programs and use a file
system without directly using the command language of the operating system.
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<text, application> (DTP) Using computers to lay out text and graphics
for printing in magazines, newsletters, brochures, etc. A good DTP system
provides precise control over templates, styles, fonts, sizes, colour, paragraph
formatting, images and fitting text into irregular shapes.
Example programs include FrameMaker, PageMaker, InDesign and GeoPublish.
Usenet newsgroup: comp.text.desktop.
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