PowerShell for Windows Admins

Mar 13 2011   1:38PM GMT

WMI–Provider Load Failure

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

I’m currently writing Chapter 11 of PowerShell and WMI and its about using the WMI classes related to networking. I tried the Win32_NetworkAdapter on the HP laptop I use for writing and everything worked fine. Tried it on my Lenovo that I use as a Hyper-V server and got a Provider Load failure error.

PS> Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_NetworkAdapter
Get-WmiObject : Provider load failure
At line:1 char:14
+ Get-WmiObject <<<<  -Class Win32_NetworkAdapter
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (:) [Get-WmiObject], ManagementException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : GetWMIManagementException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetWmiObjectCommand

 

This is definitely in the realms of not good. At this point I was imagining WMI rebuild or even a complete server rebuild.

I tried

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration

 

and it worked. Now that’s confusing.

Did a Bing search and found this post

http://blogs.infosupport.com/blogs/markw/archive/2009/02/26/Win32_5F00_network-adapter-_2200_provider-load-failure_2200_.aspx

which walks through how to use wbemtest to see what is happening.

Turns out like the author of the post I had the Intel WiFi tools installed but didn’t have an Intel wireless card. The LAN card is Intel so I guess that’s where the tools came from.  The wifiwmip.dll seems to be to blame for the problem. 

Removed the intel WiFi tools and everything now works.

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