collect remote system information with .net (not using WMI queries) - vb.net

Hi everyone,
I was wondering, is it possible to collect system information from a REMOTE computer (such as; computer name, domain name, OS etc...) the ".net way" (I mean, without using WMI queries)?

I'm writing in vb.net.

thanks!!!
nahumbaAsked:
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ToFroCommented:
For machines in your Active Directory, you can use the classes in the System.DirectoryServices namespace to access and search the standard AD objects. Have a look at this:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.directoryservices.aspx

For machines outside your network, in my opinion(please, correct me if I'm wrong), there is really nothing you can do without a remote service in the other end, sending the information to your application.
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