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This document applies to the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for Windows Server® 2003 and Windows Server® 2008 on ProLiant servers, version (Insight Providers).

This release of the Insight Providers supports ProLiant servers running Windows Server® 2003 and Windows Server® 2008. For details regarding supported servers, options, and operating system versions, see Support information.

Many management products have been built on SNMP, a common network management technology. However, SNMP-based management solutions have a simple structure and weak security protocol relative to alternatives. These limitations prevent comprehensive, industry-standard, and secure system management.

In place of SNMP, SMASH and SMI-S are secure, robust standards endorsed by the DMTF and SNIA, respectively. These standards provide the foundation for future server management infrastructures.

The Insight Providers are based on SMASH and SMI-S. The Insight Providers employ the set of base-level instrumentation provided by system management controllers and drivers, I/O controllers and drivers, and system firmware interfaces. These components deliver in-depth hardware management, including hardware inventory data, system state, and event notifications.

The data model implemented in the Insight Providers provides industry standard compliance by conforming to SMASH and SMI-S profiles.