Microsoft System Management BIOS Driver
The Microsoft SMBIOS driver (mssmbios.sys
) is a root-enumerated driver included with Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 and has two primary functions:
* To incorporate SMBIOS, ACPI, and CPU information to the crash dump file when a system crash occurs.
* To retrieve system identification information from SMBIOS and make it available to system components and applications.
There are two primary benefits to the Microsoft SMBIOS driver:
* Adding system firmware information to the crash dump aids in failure diagnosis. A given root cause may be linked to a specific system vendor or to specific hardware attributes, such as the type and size of memory modules. This information is available in SMBIOS.
* Identifying a given hardware platform. Scenarios such as branding, BIOS update, and targeted driver installation require a reliable, stable method for identifying the underlying hardware platform. These scenarios require information about basic attributes of the system, such as the system manufacturer and current BIOS version.