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Jan 24 2016   4:56AM GMT

CDXML filter parameters

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway


I was recently asked about adding a filter parameter to a cmdlet created through CDXML. If you’ve not seen it before (see PowerShell and WMI Chapters 18 & 19 from www.manning.com) CDXML allows you to creat ecmdlets by wrapping a WMI class in some simple XML.

The resultaing CDXML (Cmdlet Definition XML) is thn published as a module.  Here’s a simple example using the Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration class

<?xml version=’1.0′ encoding=’utf-8′?>
<PowerShellMetadata xmlns=’http://schemas.microsoft.com/cmdlets-over-objects/2009/11′>
<Class ClassName=’ROOT\cimv2\Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration’>
<GetCmdletParameters DefaultCmdletParameterSet=’DefaultSet’>

The first 2 lines are boilerplate. The NameSpace and WMI class are defined on line 3, follwoed by a version number (arbitary) and a default noun for you cmdlet to use.  Instance cmdlets defines how you’ll pull the data for existing instances of the class – in other words the Get-NetworkAdapterConfiguration cmdlet.

Save as a CDXML file and import as a module

Import-Module .\NetworkAdapterConfiguration.cdxml

Get-Module will sjow it as a Cim module with a single exported command.   Use it like any other cmdlet

PS> Get-NetworkAdapterConfiguration | ft -a

ServiceName  DHCPEnabled Index Description
———–  ———– —– ———–
kdnic        True        0     Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter
mwlu97w8     True        1     Marvell AVASTAR Wireless Composite Device
msu64w8      False       2     Surface Ethernet Adapter
mwlu97w8     True        3     Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller
RFCOMM       False       4     Bluetooth Device (RFCOMM Protocol TDI)
BthPan       True        5     Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
vwifimp      True        6     Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
vwifimp      True        7     Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
RasSstp      False       8     WAN Miniport (SSTP)
RasAgileVpn  False       9     WAN Miniport (IKEv2)
Rasl2tp      False       10    WAN Miniport (L2TP)
PptpMiniport False       11    WAN Miniport (PPTP)
RasPppoe     False       12    WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
NdisWan      False       13    WAN Miniport (IP)
NdisWan      False       14    WAN Miniport (IPv6)
NdisWan      False       15    WAN Miniport (Network Monitor)

Using the cmdlet is equivalent to

Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration

but is easier and requires less typing.

Very often you’ll want to pick a specific adapter – for instance

Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration -Filter ‘Index=3′

You can implement the same kind of filters using CDXML. You add a queryable properties section as shown below:

<?xml version=’1.0′ encoding=’utf-8′?>
<PowerShellMetadata xmlns=’http://schemas.microsoft.com/cmdlets-over-objects/2009/11′>
<Class ClassName=’ROOT\cimv2\Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration’>
<GetCmdletParameters DefaultCmdletParameterSet=’DefaultSet’>

<Property PropertyName=’Index’>
<Type PSType =’UInt32’/>
<RegularQuery AllowGlobbing=’true’>
<CmdletParameterMetadata PSName=’Index’  ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=’true’ CmdletParameterSets=’DefaultSet’ />


Set the paraemter name – same as property to use here – and the type (unsigned integer). Decide whether pipeline input and wildcards (globbing) are allowed and save the file.

Re-import the module (use the Force) and your new parameter is available

Get-NetworkAdapterConfiguration -Index 3

Its important to understand CDXML – even if you never create a CDXML module – because 2/3 of the cmdlets in Windows Server 2012 and later are created this way.

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