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Web Services for Management
Status Published
Year started 2008
Latest version 1.2
September 2014
Organization Distributed Management Task Force
Related standards WBEM
Domain Systems Management
Abbreviation WS-MAN

Web Services-Management (WS-Management) is a DMTF open standard defining a SOAP-based protocol for the management of servers, devices, applications and various Web services. The DMTF has published the standards document DSP0226 with version v1.1.0 of 2010-03-03 [1].

The specification is based on DMTF open standards and Internet standards for Web services. WS-Management was originally developed by a coalition of vendors. The coalition started with AMD, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and expanded to a total of 13 members before being subjugated to the DMTF in 2005.

WS-Management provides a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across the IT infrastructure. The specification is quite rich, supporting much more than get/set of simple variables, and in that it is closer to WBEM or Netconf than to SNMP. A mapping of the DMTF-originated Common Information Model into WS-Management was also defined.

Implementations and application support[edit]

  • Microsoft has implemented the WS-Management standard in Windows Remote Management 1.1 (WinRM),[1] available for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
  • Using WS-Management (WinRM 2.0), Windows PowerShell 2.0 allows scripts and cmdlets to be invoked on a remote machine or a large set of remote machines.[2]
  • Novell worked to develop an open source implementation of the WS-Management specification for SUSE Linux Enterprise.[3]
  • WinRM 2.0 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 was released on Oct 26, 2009.[4]
  • WinRM 3.0 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 was released on Sept 4 2012 and shipped in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.[5]
  • A European research project (ITEA 2 programme, a strategic pan-European programme for advanced pre-competitive R&D in Software-intensive Systems and Services), named SODA (Service Oriented Device and Delivery Architecture) developed several implementations of WS-Management in ANSI C, Java, and for OSGi. These implementations are specifically targeted to be used with an open SOAP web service protocol stack named DPWS (Devices Profile for Web Services), and were optimized to be integrated in micro-devices with only 100kB of memory. These implementations are open source, LGPL, and source code is freely available for download on the SOA4D forge.
  • Intel Active Management Technology out-of-band management suite uses WS-Management as the out-of-band management protocol.[6]


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