The VMware CIM API provides a Common Information Model (CIM) interface for developers who build management applications. With the VMware CIM API, developers can use standards-based CIM-compliant applications to manage ESXi hosts.

The CIM SMASH/Server Management API for ESXi provides profiles compatible with the DMTF's System Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) initiative. SMASH profiles allow CIM clients to monitor the system health of a managed server.

Supports the CIM schema, a standard defined by the Distributed Management Task Force that specifies how to use industry-accepted object models for system management applications

Supports CIM-XML or WS-MAN over HTTP

Supports SLP

SMASH profile support is detailed in the documentation