January 18, 2010

What is MIF: Management Information Format? Why SCCM use it?

Management Information Format (MIF file) is a format used to describe a hardware or software component. MIF files are used by Desktop Management Interface (DMI) to report system configuration information. Although MIF is a system-independent format, it is used primarily by Windows systems. To install a new device in a Windows 95 system, the corresponding MIF file is needed.

SCCM can use MIF files to determine the success or failure of an installation. After a program has finished executing, SCCM will look in the %windir% and %temp% directories for new MIF files (created after the time of the program execution start) and then match them on any or all of the following criteria:

•Name of the MIF file (only need to specify the name portion, leaving off the “.MIF”, in package properties)
•Publisher
•Name
•Version

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