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VMware CIM Storage Management API Documentation

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The VMware CIM Storage Management API provides a Common Information Model (CIM) interface for developers building management applications. With the VMware CIM Storage Management API, developers can use CIM-compliant applications to explore the virtual machines on ESX Server, along with associated storage resources.

VMware CIM Storage Management API 4.0

Released 21-May-2009

  • For ESX and ESXi version 4.0
  • Supports SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative-Specification, version 1.0.2), a standard defined by the Storage Networking Industry Association that specifies how to use CIM (Common Information Model) to manage storage products. Supported on ESX and ESXi version 4.0.

Documentation Resources:

Download the SDK:

    SDK (Build 159652)

Previous Versions:

Documentation for version 1.0 of the CIM SDK for is available here

VMware Support for the SDK

VMware Customer Support for the SDK is limited to customers who experience runtime issues with the VMware CIMOM—the CIM Object Manager that runs as a service on ESX and responds to CIM requests. VMware does not provide application-developement or debugging support, nor does it provide development-tools support. In addition, sample programs in the SDK are provided without support.

For help developing applications, visit the Management API Community, or engage VMware Professional Services.

Installing the VMware CIM Storage Management SDK Package

  1. Download the package to a folder (directory) of your choosing.
  2. Unzip the package. The package includes:
    • The Programming Guide as a PDF file.
    • The API and Profile reference documentation, as a set of HTML files.
    • Sample programs for several language bindings.
  3. View the readme.html file for more information.

Related Products

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Last updated 04-Nov-2009 20:00 pm