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Welcome to CimNavigator

I have recently changed the Internet hosting service for the CimNavigator website. When I did so, I failed to copy the the CimNavigator executable to the new site (how dumb!). It has now been uploaded to the new site and is available for download.
The 'community' BBS service has become so polluted with spam (I just couldn't keep up with the spambots), that I have given up on it. I will probably explore the blogging software that is part of the hosting package of my new hosting service. Users should be able to post comments and questions to this blog when I get it set up.

What is CimNavigator?

CimNavigator is a graphical browser tool written in Java that can be used to manipulate CIM objects hosted on CIMOMs on remote or local computers. Using CimNavigator one can easily create, modify, and delete arbitrary CIM object instances, as well as their corresponding classes (schema). CimNavigator can also be used to visualize the associations that exist between CIM object instances.
A number of tools are included that facilitate the development of CIM providers. These include specialized queries and indication management and display.
The User's guide contains many screenshots which provides an idea of what this tool does.
If you already know about CimNavigator and just want to download it, click here

What is next for CimNavigator?

I plan to make an update to CimNavigator when JSR48 has been completed. All registered users will be entitled to this update for no additional charge.
I am also working on a new Eclipse plugin version of CimNavigator which will allow for the management of several CIMOMs, including the ability to navigate inter-CIMOM associations.

Who is using CimNavigator?

CimNavigator is being used by many people around the world. Its primary use is for students who are interested in exploring CIM/WBEM technologies and for developers who need a tool to exercise their CIM providers.
Here is a page of links to just a few examples of how people are using CimNavigator.

Who is sponsoring this project

Me! - CimNavigator is not sponsored by any large company. This project has been funded entirely out of my own pocket. I do sell registration licenses for CimNavigator for a modest fee to help me pay the internet hosting service bills. If you find CimNavigator useful, please consider purchasing a registration license. Alternatively, purchases at I hate fun also help out.

What is DuskFire, Inc.?

DuskFire is a personal corporation formed for the development and distribution of CimNavigator.

Is CimNavigator source available?

I have made the source code to CimNavigator available for a fee. If you are interested, please let me know.

Why isn't CimNavigator open source?

Since no one is sponsoring the development of CimNavigator, the only way that I have to recover my expenses is to sell registration licenses and/or source code access. If you have any other suggestions, I would be most interested to hear them.

Didn't you speak at the 2005 MANDEVCON?

Yes, I had the pleasure of presenting CimNavigator at the Management Developers Conference held in Santa Clara, CA during the week of 5 December 2005. This was a pretty neat opportunity to meet with many of the 'who's who' in the CIM/WBEM community. It was interesting to hear about the many things that are going on in the systems management space.
Click here to download the PowerPoint slides from my presentation.

What else is available at this site?

This site provides information, links, and tools for the CIM/WBEM development community. It is my hope that this site will become an independent resource where people can come to find (and share) information about these interesting Object technologies. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute, please feel free to clue me in.

Please have a look around the site. The Standards Bodies page lists groups that define standards related to CIM/WBEM. At the Download page you can download CimNavigator, a Java client application that can be used to graphically browse CIM objects and their associations in various CIMOMs.
The Resources page has links that developers might find useful in the development of CIM/WBEM related products. A list of Articles has been compiled which might be handy for anyone who is researching CIM and WBEM topics.


For visitors who are unfamiliar with the terms...

CIM

CIM is an acronym for Common Information Model. It is used to model both real-world and conceptual entities as well as their relationships.
CIM is used primarily in the management of computers and networks in the enterprise environment, and is increasingly being used in the management of other kinds of computer-related networks such as Storage Area Networks (SAN)s and telecommunications networks.
Furthermore, it is incerasingly being used to model and control other systems, such as those used for instrumentation and power distribution.

WBEM

Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) defines a collection of standard technologies that can be used to manage heterogeneous computer networks. Whereas CIM models the components of a network, WBEM defines how the various components can talk to each other.
This involves the encoding of CIM model elements into XML documents (xmlCIM) that conform to a standardized DTD for transmission using the HTTP protocol.


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