NDIS Support for WMI (NDIS 5.1)
Note NDIS 5. x has been deprecated and is superseded by NDIS 6. x. For new NDIS driver development, see Network Drivers Starting with Windows Vista. For information about porting NDIS 5. x drivers to NDIS 6. x, see Porting NDIS 5.x Drivers to NDIS 6.0.
Through NDIS, clients of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) can query and set OIDs maintained by NDIS miniport drivers. WMI clients can also register to receive miniport driver status indications.
NDIS automatically registers miniport drivers and named VCs with WMI, as well as a standard set of OIDs for each miniport driver. For more information, see Standard Miniport Driver OIDs Registered with WM. As described in Customized OIDs and Status Indications, miniport drivers can provide support for custom OIDs and custom status indications.
NDIS does not provide WMI support for protocol drivers. A protocol, such as an intermediate driver, can create a device object for itself and register directly with WMI.
For more information about the WMI architecture, see Windows Management Instrumentation.