Systems Management: Common Management Facilities (XCMF)
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CAE Specification
Systems Management: Common Management Facilities
Document Number: C423
ISBN: 1-85912-174-8

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This Document
This specification describes an approach to the development of standards-based, open system administration applications, using common management facilities (or services).

It defines a framework (object request broker and management facilities) to allow the development of applications that will significantly decrease the effort required to administer distributed systems. The framework is based upon an industry-standard object request broker (implementations of CORBA 1.2) and Object Service Specifications.

In addition, a set of management facilities are defined that allow management-specific interfaces to be common across environments, allowing the development of heterogeneous, interoperable applications. These management facilities are key to building a foundation such that systems management applications and objects may be defined and built that span multiple vendors' framework implementations.

This specification is directed towards systems management architects, analysts, and programmers who wish to provide systems management services in an open framework based on the distributed systems management reference model (see reference XRM) and its components. This framework is important because it promotes application interoperability across platform types and provides a common object model for application development. It employs object-oriented programming.

It is assumed that the reader of this specification is familiar with the work of the Object Management Group (OMG). Specifically, this should include the Common Object Request Broker: Architecture and Specification (see reference CORBA), and the Object Management Architecture (see reference OMAG).

This specification is organized as follows:

A Glossary and Index are also provided.

Typographical Conventions
The following typographical conventions are used throughout this document:


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The Open Group acknowledges the work of the Object Management Group's (OMG) Revision Task Force (RTF) on the Common Management Facilities (XCMF) Specification. The OMG adopted the X/Open XCMF Preliminary Specification (P421) as their base document, developing it to produce their OMG XCMF Specification. The active members of the OMG RTF were:

Zoely Canela Alcatel
Michael Greenberg (Chairman) NEC
Jim Hughes Fujitsu
Russell Newcombe IBM
Jim Willits HP

This XCMF CAE Specification from The Open Group is fully aligned with the OMG's XCMF Specification.

Referenced Documents

The following documents are referenced in this specification:


CAE Specification, July 1994, The Common Object Request Broker: Architecture and Specification (ISBN: 1-85912-044-X, C432), in conjunction with the Object Management Group (OMG).


Guide, February 1996,, Distributed Transaction Processing: Reference Model, Version 3 (ISBN: 1-85912-170-5, G504).

Internationalisation Guide

Guide, July 1993, Internationalisation Guide, Version 2 (ISBN: 1-859120-02-4, G304).


OMG (Object Management Group) Object Management Architecture Guide (OMA Guide), Version 2.0, September 1992. Published by OMG, 492 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham, MA 01701, USA.


OMG (Object Management Group) Object Model (OM). Included as Chapter 4 of reference OMAG, but being separately revised at the time of publication of this Common Management Facilities Volume 1 Preliminary Specification.

COS, Volume 1

Preliminary Specification, July 1994, Common Object Services, Volume 1 (ISBN: 1-85912-482-2, P432), in conjunction with the Object Management Group (OMG).


UNIX International System Management Working Group, Requirements for the Distributed System Management Framework, April 20, 1991.


CAE Specification, December 1991, Distributed Transaction Processing: The XA Specification (ISBN: 1-872630-24-3, C193).


X/Open Specification, 1988, 1989, February 1992 (ISBN: 1-872630-43-X, T921); this specification was formerly X/Open Portability Guide, seven volumes, January 1989 (ISBN: 0-13-685819-8, XO/XPG/89/000).

XPG3 Overview

X/Open Portability Guide, February 1992, XPG3 Portability Guide Overview, Issue 3 (ISBN: 1-872630-44-8, X200).


X/Open Systems and Branded Products: XPG4, October 1994 (ISBN: 1-872630-52-9, X924).

XPG4, Version 2

The X/Open Branding Programme, How to Brand - What to Buy, February 1995 (ISBN: 1-85912-084-9, X951).


Snapshot, 1991, Systems Management: Problem Statement (XO/SNAP/91/010 or S110).


Guide, August 1993, Systems Management: Reference Model (ISBN: 1-85912-05-9, G207).

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