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August 19, 2018  8:12 AM

File searches with WMI

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

I saw a question about file searches with WMI. If you just know the file name it’s a very slow process. Painfully slow. If you have an idea about the folder its much quicker. function get-wmifile { [CmdletBinding()] param ( [Parameter(Mandatory =...

August 15, 2018  8:23 AM

user logon time

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

Saw an interesting question about user logon time. How can you tell the logged on user and when they logged on $logon = Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_LogonSession | sort StartTime -Descending | select -First 1 $user = Get-CimAssociatedInstance -InputObject $logon -ResultClassName...


May 26, 2018  10:11 AM

WMI and CIM accelerators

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

In PowerShell an accelerator is a shortcut to a .NET type. The WMI accelerators have been around since PowerShell v1. The WMI accelerators were heavily used in v1 fill some of the gaps in cmdlet coverage. The CIM accelerators appeared in PowerShell v3 (I think – only discovered them recently!)....


September 27, 2017  1:47 PM

Examples of replacing WMI cmdlet with CIM cmdlet

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

Following my last post I was asked about these Examples of replacing WMI cmdlet with CIM cmdlet. Example 1 gwmi win32_operatingsystem -computername $Computer -credential $creds, $cs = New-CimSession -Credential $creds -ComputerName $computer Get-CimInstance -ClassName...


September 26, 2017  10:04 AM

CIM not WMI

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

I still see a lot of people using the WMI cmdlets – Get-WmiObject etc. You really should be using CIM nit WMI. In other words use Get-CimInstance rather than get-WmiObject etc etc. Why do I say that? Two main reasons. Firstly, the WMI cmdlets are effectively deprecated. Any further...


July 11, 2017  12:35 PM

Linking disks, partitions and logical drives

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Disk storage, Powershell, WMI

A question of the forums was asking about discovering disk information. They were trying to pipe the output of Get-WmiObject into another Get-WmiObject. that won’t work. There is another way. On Windows machines physical drives are divided into 1 or more partitions which are each divided into one...


June 30, 2017  12:59 PM

Finding a CIM class

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

One of the problems you might find is finding a CIM class. You know its name but you don’t know which namespace its in. The old WMI cmdlets allow you to search the namespaces recursively

PS> Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Process -Namespace root -Recurse -List


 NameSpace:...


June 12, 2017  7:57 AM

Find the logged on user

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

One method of finding the logged on users is to use CIM

$ComputerName = $env:COMPUTERNAME
Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Process -ComputerName $ComputerName -Filter "Name = 'explorer.exe'" | 
foreach {
    
    $lguser = Invoke-CimMethod -InputObject $psitem -MethodName...


January 27, 2017  4:48 AM

wmic deprecated

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, WMI

I saw a forum post today where the question involved the use of the wmi command line tool wmic. Wmic was deprecated in Windows Server 2012 - 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


December 22, 2016  1:54 PM

Applying updates through WSUS

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway
CIM, Powershell, Windows Server 2016, WMI

I like to keep the virtual machines in my test lab up to date so have a WSUS server to download and manage updates. The difficulty is applying the updates. With Windows 2012 R2 I used a module that would contact the WSUS server and apply the updates – the was especially useful on server core...


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