CIM_ManagedSystemElement class (CIMWin32 WMI Providers)

The CIM_ManagedSystemElement class is the base class for the system element hierarchy. Any distinguishable system component is a candidate for inclusion in this class. Examples include software components, such as files; devices, such as disk drives and controllers; and physical components, such as chips and cards.


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.


[Abstract, UUID("{8502C517-5FBB-11D2-AAC1-006008C78BC7}"), DisplayName("Managed System Elements (CIM)"), AMENDMENT]
class CIM_ManagedSystemElement
  string   Caption;
  string   Description;
  datetime InstallDate;
  string   Name;
  string   Status;


The CIM_ManagedSystemElement class has these types of members:


The CIM_ManagedSystemElement class has these properties.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Qualifiers: MaxLen (64), DisplayName ("Caption")

A short textual description of the object.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Qualifiers: DisplayName ("Description")

A textual description of the object.


Data type: datetime

Access type: Read-only

Qualifiers: MappingStrings ("MIF.DMTF|ComponentID|001.5"), DisplayName ("Install Date")

Indicates when the object was installed. Lack of a value does not indicate that the object is not installed.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Qualifiers: DisplayName ("Name")

Label by which the object is known. When subclassed, this property can be overridden to be a key property.


Data type: string

Access type: Read-only

Qualifiers: MaxLen (10), DisplayName ("Status")

String that indicates the current status of the object. Operational and non-operational status can be defined. Operational status can include "OK", "Degraded", and "Pred Fail". "Pred Fail" indicates that an element is functioning properly, but is predicting a failure (for example, a SMART-enabled hard disk drive).

Non-operational status can include "Error", "Starting", "Stopping", and "Service". "Service" can apply during disk mirror-resilvering, reloading a user permissions list, or other administrative work. Not all such work is online, but the managed element is neither "OK" nor in one of the other states.

Values include the following:

OK ("OK")

Error ("Error")

Degraded ("Degraded")

Unknown ("Unknown")

Pred Fail ("Pred Fail")

Starting ("Starting")

Stopping ("Stopping")

Service ("Service")

Stressed ("Stressed")

NonRecover ("NonRecover")

No Contact ("No Contact")

Lost Comm ("Lost Comm")


WMI does not implement this class. For WMI classes derived from this class, see Win32 Classes.

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