The Distributed Management Task Force announced the DASH initiative (Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware), a low-level PC-management standard that will hopefully someday allow IT managers to remote diagnose and repair malfunctioning PCs, even those that are turned off or are unable to boot.
DMTF's DASH will use the Web Services for Management spec (WS-Management) to enable management software to pull status information from PC hardware components and peripherals stored in flash memory -- this ability to slip around having a running agent to gather status data is one of the elements that makes DASH so attractive. And even if hardware is fried, it can inform the manager what particular physical parts he needs to ship or bring to the site before he arrives to fix the problem.
The WS-Management specification promotes interoperability between management applications and managed resources. By identifying a core set of Web service specifications and usage requirements to expose a common set of operations that are central to all systems management, WS-Management has the ability to:
- Discover the presence of management resources and navigate between them.
- Perform get, put, create, and delete operations on such individual management resources as settings and dynamic values.
- Enumerate the contents of containers and collections, such as large tables and logs.
- Subscribe to events emitted by managed resources.
- Execute specific management methods with strongly typed input and output parameters.
DMTF has an architectural overview of DASH.