Given the recent discussions and new information involving this project,
it is important to pause and make sure our original assumptions and
direction are still valid. In particular, I had assumed that Windows
provides a full WS-Management application. As a result, I agreed that the
PWG should develop a MIB-to-CIM provider so that this full WS-Management
application could manage CIM printers, since no SNMP path was available.
It seems this assumption is not valid for Windows, in that Windows SMS2003
and perhaps the follow-on SystemConfigurationresourceManager ( I am still
investigating this) do not provide support for WS-Management for printers
(Note: it supports WS-Management for Windows Hardware Platform, Mobile
Devices). If Windows does not have such a WS-Management application, and
we want printers being able "to be managed along with other network
devices by some extant general Web Services management capability ", then
Oki Data's position is not to provide CIM printer object at all, but
rather implement the PWG MFD semantic model's web services binding for
future full featured WS-Management applications including printers. As a
confirmation, we should ask Microsoft about their roadmap for SMS +
WS-Management + printers including the target ship date.
General WS-Management applications can take XML-schema, which can be
provided by any printer that implements PWG Print Service model in
XML-schema (a WSD-Printer for example). CIM conversion was assumed to be
a quick path into full Microsoft WS-Management applications, since a
conversion module exisits (WinRM). However, as Rick pointed out, WinRM
only provides a command line interface, not good enough as a full-featured
GUI-based printer management application using WS-Management. Since there
is no full-blown application (just command line browser feature), the
benefit of doing the CIM conversion is not clear, and requires further
I believe many printer/device management applications such as WebJetAdmin,
Tivoli, CA, etc., are all migrating toward WS-Management of web services.
Some of these accept CIM objects, but the printer management programs like
webJetAdmin do not. Therefore, the printer management specific programs
will likely migrate directly from SNMP to WS-Management while maintaining
SNMP backwards compatibility. There is no benefit, but rather extra
overhead, in going through a CIM converter. Do these application takes CIM
objects only? It is important to ensure the PWG MFD semantic model support
the full capabilities such as power management, and then let printer
vendors migrate their programs to WS-Management utilizing the MFD spec.
If Microsoft and others can be expected to provide full WS-Management
applications in the next 2-3 years, then perhaps we should redirect the
effort towards creating an SNMP -> MFD WS-Services Listening Agent so that
legacy printers can work with the full IT environment WS-Management
applications, and so that all printer vendors can support legacy devices
in their WS-Printer Management applications.
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07/10/2008 04:11 PM
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WIMS> Concall- 14 July 11AM NOTE PHONE CHANGE!
NOTE CALL-IN CHANGE
The next WIMS/CIM concall is at 11 AM EDT Monday, 14 July.
The dial-in information is:
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
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Don't worry about attendee ID code.
The agenda is much like last weeks. But Item 4 should be considered in the
light of the information from Nancy and Rick that boils down to that fact
that a CIM provider deriving its device information by SNMP access to the
printer, even when used in conjunction with existing Windows facilities,
A. allow printers to be managed along with other network devices by
some extant general Web Services management capability
B. Provide anything but a low-level command line user management
application, roughly equivalent to a simple SNMP browser.
We need to come up with some conceptual diagrams:
SNMP CIM WS-MAN (?)
Printer <-------->CIM provider proxy <--------->COMOM<------------> WIN-RM
higher level management application)
1. Review of 7 July minutes:
2. Counter MIB CIM conversions. Ira posed several questions for which no
answers are listed
a. Mapping String length
b. Config Change Element
3. Update on Dell Prototyping Activity
4. MIB-CIM Provider Effort
a. Ideas on development sponsor...Company that would benefit sufficiently
to sponsor development
b. Member Companies willing to contribute funds, manpower for Open
c. What do we really want as a result of development?
1. second implementation of Printer Schema to get out of
experimental status (Yes)
2. Freely available, product level release of Provider application
a. Who provides executables for which OS?
b. Who makes availability known, distributes
c. Who maintains software, does customer service
3. Open source code to be used by Imaging Equipment manufacturers of
others to produce (proprietary) applications?
5. Next steps.
Thanks. Hope you can join the call.
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