PowerShell for Windows Admins

Dec 2 2013   12:01PM GMT

CDXML: Add a cmdlet for computer system

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

Continuing the creation of a Hardware investigation module – its a simple matter to add a cmdlet to retrieve the computer system data ie Win32_ComputerSystem

 

First create a CDXML file like this:

 

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>

<PowerShellMetadata xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/cmdlets-over-objects/2009/11″>

<Class ClassName=”ROOT\cimv2\Win32_ComputerSystem”>

<Version>1.0</Version>

<DefaultNoun>ComputerSystem</DefaultNoun>

<InstanceCmdlets>

<GetCmdletParameters DefaultCmdletParameterSet=”DefaultSet”>

</GetCmdletParameters>

</InstanceCmdlets>

</Class>

</PowerShellMetadata>

The only difference from the Win32_BIOS.cdxml is the WMI class and the default noun

Save in your Hardware module folder as Win32_ComputerSystem.cdxml

Modify the hardware.psd1 file in two places -

NestedModules = @(‘Win32_BIOS.cdxml’,

‘Win32_ComputerSystem.cdxml’ )

 

AND

FunctionsToExport = @(‘Get-Bios’,

‘Get-ComputerSystem’)

 

Save the hardware.psd1 file.

Now when you open up PowerShell

£> Get-Command -Module Hardware

CommandType Name ModuleName

———– —- ———-

Function Get-Bios Hardware

Function Get-ComputerSystem Hardware

£> Get-ComputerSystem | Format-List

 

Domain : Manticore.org

Manufacturer : Microsoft Corporation

Model : Virtual Machine

Name : WIN81

PrimaryOwnerName : Richard

TotalPhysicalMemory : 1857605632

 

Note default display is a table.

For now we’ll keep adding investigative cmdlets to our module – though there are some methods on Win32_ComputerSystem we’ll be adding to our module later.

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