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Welcome to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) SMI Technical Tutorial. This tutorial will familiarize you with the SNIA, the Storage Management Initiative (SMI) and the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) 1.1.0. After completing this tutorial, you will have sufficient knowledge of the organization of information in SMI-S to properly interpret its contents. Such understanding will allow for the proper implementation of an SMI compliant product.

The tutorial is designed for users who have no prior knowledge of SMI and SMI-S 1.1.0. It is designed for SMI application developers and SMI instrumentation developers. However, this tutorial assumes that you have a basic understanding of the Common Information Model (CIM) and Web Based Enterprise Mangement (WBEM) concepts and principles. If you are unfamiliar with CIM and WBEM, please read the CIM Tutorial first.

Tutorial Requirements

To view this tutorial you will need the following:

  • Netscape Navigator, Firefox or Internet Explorer
  • 800 x 600 or higher screen resolution

Tutorial Navigation

There are several ways to navigate through this tutorial:

  • Index - The index in the left pane lists the major topics discussed in this tutorial. Select any item in the list to go to the first page for that topic. For example, if you are already familiar with the SMI and are only interested in learning about SMI-S 1.1.0, select SMI-S 1.1.0 Overview to start with this topic.
  • Next - To go through the tutorial in order, just click on the Next  image in the lower or upper right hand corner.
  • Back - To go to a previous page, just click on the Back image in the lower or upper left hand corner.
  • At the top of each page, the current position in the tutorial is displayed. For example, the SNIA Profile page displays

SMI Tutorial > SMI-S 1.1.0 Functionality > SNIA Profiles

Each item is a link to that topic. So, selecting SMI Tutorial returns you to the first page of the tutorial, which is this page.

  • Sub-Menus - On some pages, sub-menus are displayed under the page title. They contain links to other pages in the tutorial that provide more details about the information described. For example, selecting SMI-S 1.1.0 Functionality will display

Profiles | Subprofiles | Packages

Then selecting Profiles will display the page that discusses the topic of Profiles.

Downloading the Tutorial

To download and run the tutorial, follow these steps:

  • Download the SMI Technical Tutorial PDF file. Approximate size: 2.5 MB.
  • To run locally, open the downloaded file using a PDF viewer.