PowerShell for Windows Admins

Jul 6 2014   3:22PM GMT

CIM or WMI – – using methods

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway


The CIM and WMI cmdlets both provide a way to use the methods on CIM classes namely Invoke-CimMethod and Invoke-WmiMethod. The cmdlets are very similar in operation.

$vol = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Volume -Filter “DriveLetter = ‘D:'”

Invoke-WmiMethod -InputObject $vol -Name Chkdsk -ArgumentList $false, $true, $true, $false, $false, $false


The argumenst list isn’t very informative – unless you know the class, read the documentation or investigate with Get-CimClass


Using the CIM cmdlets is a bit more informative as to what is going on.

$vol = Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Volume -Filter “DriveLetter = ‘D:'”

Invoke-CimMethod -InputObject $vol -MethodName Chkdsk -Arguments @{FixErrors=$false; ForceDismount=$false; OkToRunAtB
ootUp = $false; RecoverBadSectors = $false; SkipFolderCycle = $true; VigorousIndexCheck = $true}


You present the arguments as a hash table – this means you can create the hash table and pass it to the method

$margs = @{
OkToRunAtBootUp = $false
RecoverBadSectors = $false
SkipFolderCycle = $true
VigorousIndexCheck = $true
Invoke-CimMethod -InputObject $vol -MethodName Chkdsk -Arguments $margs


This also means that you can create a default set of values and manipulate them in your scripts very easily


Using Invoke-CimMethod involves more typing but I think that’s worth it for the clarity. Of course if you are going to be using the methods of class a lot then I’d recommend that you create a CDXML module from the class – but that’s a whole different set of articles.

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