Class reference

Subclass of CIM_EnabledLogicalElement

CIM_System represents an entity made up of component parts (defined by the SystemComponent relationship), that operates as a ‘functional whole’. Systems are top-level objects in the CIM hierarchy, requiring no scoping or weak relationships in order to exist and have context. It should be reasonable to uniquely name and manage a System at an enterprise level. For example, a ComputerSystem is a kind of System that can be uniquely named and independently managed in an enterprise. However, these qualities are not true for the power supply (or the power supply sub-‘system’) within the computer.

Although a System can be viewed as a Collection, this view is not the correct model. A Collection is simply a ‘bag’ that ‘holds’ its members. A System is a higher-level abstraction, built out of its individual components. It is more than the sum of its parts. Note that System is a subclass of EnabledLogicalElement which allows the entire abstraction to be functionally enabled or disabled at a higher level than enabling or disabling its component parts.

Key properties

Local properties

string NameFormat

The System object and its derivatives are top-level objects of CIM. They provide the scope for numerous components. Having unique System keys is required. A heuristic can be defined in individual System subclasses to attempt to always generate the same System Name Key. The NameFormat property identifies how the System name was generated, using the heuristic of the subclass.

string[] IdentifyingDescriptions

An array of free-form strings providing explanations and details behind the entries in the OtherIdentifying Info array. Note, each entry of this array is related to the entry in OtherIdentifyingInfo that is located at the same index.

string[] OtherIdentifyingInfo

OtherIdentifyingInfo captures additional data, beyond System Name information, that could be used to identify a ComputerSystem. One example would be to hold the Fibre Channel World-Wide Name (WWN) of a node. Note that if only the Fibre Channel name is available and is unique (able to be used as the System key), then this property would be NULL and the WWN would become the System key, its data placed in the Name property.

string Name

The inherited Name serves as the key of a System instance in an enterprise environment.

string[] Roles

An array (bag) of strings that specifies the administrator -defined roles this System plays in the managed environment. Examples might be ‘Building 8 print server’ or ‘Boise user directories’. A single system may perform multiple roles.

Note that the instrumentation view of the ‘roles’ of a System is defined by instantiating a specific subclass of System, or by properties in a subclass, or both. For example, the purpose of a ComputerSystem is defined using the Dedicated and OtherDedicatedDescription properties.

string PrimaryOwnerContact

A string that provides information on how the primary system owner can be reached (for example, phone number, e-mail address, and so on).

string CreationClassName

CreationClassName indicates the name of the class or the subclass used in the creation of an instance. When used with the other key properties of this class, this property allows all instances of this class and its subclasses to be uniquely identified.

string PrimaryOwnerName

The name of the primary system owner. The system owner is the primary user of the system.

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