Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is a feature of Windows Vista that allows administrators to remotely run management scripts. It handles remote connections by means of the WS-Management Protocol, which is based on SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). WinRM has features similar to those of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) that was installed on all computers using Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
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WinRM lets network administrators access, edit and update data from local and remote computers. It is possible to obtain hardware data from WS-Management protocol implementations running on non-Windows operating systems such as Linux. This allows hardware and operating systems from diverse vendors to function together. An administrator can, for example, take data from all the computers in a network and put them in a folder on a single computer, thereby creating a centrally located, comprehensive network event log. Security risks are minimized by the use of encryption and authentication.