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Common Information Model

The goal of this section is to introduce the Common Information Model (CIM). If you are familiar with the basics of CIM and want more detailed information in a more specific portion of CIM, please use the navigation tool bar above to jump to the topic of interest.

Introduction to CIM

The Common Information Model (CIM) is a conceptual information model for describing computing and business entities in Internet, enterprise and service provider environments. It provides a consistent definition and structure of management information using object oriented techniques. CIM includes expressions for common elements that must be clearly presented to management applications like classes, properties, methods and associations to name a few. CIM uses a set of terminology specific to the model and the principles of object oriented programming. The standard language used to define elements of CIM in a text format is Managed Object Format (MOF).