To promote interoperability between management applications and managed resources, the WS-Management specification identifies a core set of Web service specifications and usage requirements to expose a common set of operations that are central to all systems management. This comprises the abilities to
WS-Management is agnostic of the format used to describe the management functionality or metadata of logical endpoints or "resources". The WS-Management Catalog specification is a practical starting point for discovering and organizing the management metadata needed by users of the protocol.
The entire set of metadata documents available from a WS-Management service is called the "catalog". This list of available logical endpoints, their summary forms, compatible actions, schemas, and WSDL representations loosely constitute the WS-Management Catalog.
A WS-Management implementation for Java SE 5.0+ is available in open source at https://wiseman.dev.java.net .