Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is Microsoft’s implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), an industry initiative to provide a Common Information Model (CIM) for pretty much any information about a computer system.
The Python WMI module is a lightweight wrapper on top of the pywin32 extensions, and hides some of the messy plumbing needed to get Python to talk to the WMI API. It’s pure Python and has been tested against all versions of Python from 2.4 to 3.2. It should work with any recent version of pywin32.
When all’s said and done, it’s just a module. But for those who like setup programs:
python setup.py install
Or download the Windows installer and double-click.
import wmi c = wmi.WMI () for s in c.Win32_Service (StartMode="Auto", State="Stopped"): if raw_input ("Restart %s? " % s.Caption).upper () == "Y": s.StartService ()
If you’re running a recent Python (2.4+) on a recent Windows (2k, 2k3, XP) and you have Mark Hammond’s win32 extensions installed, you’re probably up-and-running already. Otherwise...
If you’re running Win9x / NT4 you’ll need to get WMI support from Microsoft. Microsoft URLs change quite often, so I suggest you do this: http://www.google.com/search?q=wmi+downloads
Specifically, builds 154/155 fixed a problem which affected the WMI moniker construction. You can still work without this fix, but some more complex monikers will fail. (The current build is 214 so you’re probably ok unless you have some very stringent backwards-compatible requirement).
(NB my own experience over several systems is that this step isn’t necessary. However, if you have problems...) You may have to compile makepy support for some typelibs. The following are reported to be significant:
If you’ve not done this before, start the PythonWin environment, select Tools > Com Makepy utility from the menu, select the library by name, and click [OK].