The CIM SMASH/Server Management API Programming Guide provides information about developing applications using the CIM SMASH/Server Management API version 5.
VMware® provides many different APIs and SDKs for various applications and goals. This book provides information about developing management clients that use industry-standard data models. The System Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) is an industry standard for managing server hardware. This book describes the SMASH profiles implemented by VMware and contains suggestions for using the Common Information Model (CIM) classes to accomplish common use cases.
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Revision History
This book is revised with each release of the product or when necessary. A revised version can contain minor or major changes. Revision History summarizes the significant changes in each version of this book.
Changed title (formerly CIM SMASH API Programming Guide)
Removed List of Tables.
Added Physical Asset profile; listed properties for all profiles.
Intended Audience
This book is intended for software developers who create applications that need to manage VMware vSphere® server hardware with interfaces based on CIM standards.
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