CIM_CollectionOfMSEs class (CIMWin32 WMI Providers)

The CIM_CollectionOfMSEs object allows the grouping of CIM_ManagedSystemElement objects for the purpose of associating settings and configurations. It is abstract to require further definition and semantic refinement in subclasses.

The CIM_CollectionOfMSEs object does not carry any state or status information, but only represents a grouping of elements. For this reason, it is incorrect to subclass groups that have state/status from CIM_CollectionOfMSEs, An example is CIM_RedundancyGroup (which is correctly subclassed from CIM_LogicalElement). Collections typically aggregate 'like' objects, and represent an optimization. Without collections, one is forced to define individual CIM_ElementSetting and CIM_ElementConfiguration associations, to tie settings and configuration objects to individual CIM_ManagedSystemElements. There may be much duplication in assigning the same setting to multiple objects. In addition, using the collection object allows the determination that the setting and configuration associations are indeed the same for the collection's members. This information would otherwise be obtained by defining the collection in a proprietary manner, and then querying the CIM_ElementSetting and CIM_ElementConfiguration associations to determine if the collection set is completely covered.


The DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force) CIM (Common Information Model) classes are the parent classes upon which WMI classes are built. WMI currently supports only the CIM 2.x version schemas.

The following syntax is simplified from Managed Object Format (MOF) code and includes all inherited properties. Properties are listed in alphabetic order, not MOF order.


class CIM_CollectionOfMSEs
  string Caption;
  string CollectionID;
  string Description;


The CIM_CollectionOfMSEs class has these types of members:


The CIM_CollectionOfMSEs class has these properties.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Short textual description of the CollectionOfMSEs object.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Identification of the Collection object. When subclassed, the CollectionID property can be overridden to be a Key property.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Textual description of the CollectionOfMSEs object.


WMI does not implement this class. See Win32 Classes for WMI classes derived from CIM_CollectionOfMSEs.

This documentation is derived from the CIM class descriptions published by the DMTF. Microsoft may have made changes to correct minor errors, conform to Microsoft SDK documentation standards, or provide more information.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client
Windows Vista
Minimum supported server
Windows Server 2008