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  • Blog Post: Performing Management tasks using Cimcmdlets [3] – Operating System

    As a part of the ongoing blog series “Performing Management tasks using Cimcmdlets” we are sharing PowerShell snippets for a few Computer Management tasks. In this post we will be going over the PS snippets for Operating System Management. The corresponding Visual Basic samples are at...
  • Blog Post: Performing Management tasks using Cimcmdlets [2] – Computer Hardware

    As part of this blog series we are sharing PowerShell snippets for a few Computer Management tasks. In this post we will be going over the samples for Computer Hardware management. The Visual Basic samples for Computer Hardware Management are at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa394587(v...
  • Blog Post: Performing Management tasks using Cimcmdlets - Processes

    WMI provides a standardized system management infrastructure that can be leveraged by a number of different clients. WMI providers and the classes exposed by the providers help in various management tasks. Our MSDN documentation lists a bunch of management scenarios and the corresponding Visual Basic...
  • Blog Post: Introducing new Management Infrastructure (MI) API

    In Windows 8/Windows server 2012 we introduced new Management Infrastructure (MI) API for writing WMI provider and client applications. This blog post will explain our goals for "Improving developer Experience" and WHY we did a new API for client and provider, instead of updating existing WMI API. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework 3.0 Compatibility Update

    We have an important update regarding WMF 3.0 ("Windows Management Framework") compatibility. Those who want to install WMF 3.0 to take advantage of all the great features this update provides can do so by installing the update from the Microsoft Download Center , after reading the known compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Introducing - Standards Based Management in Windows Server "8"

    We are excited to introduce the investments we have made in Windows Server “8” through this excellent blog post Standards based management in Windows Server 8 by Jeffrey Snover and Wojtek Kozaczynski. It’s a very detailed overview covering “Why Standards based management matters”...
  • Blog Post: In-Band Management of IPMI with PowerShell

    IPMI ( Intelligent Platform Management Interface ) is a specification defined by Intel and adopted by a number of companies for standardizing hardware management, particularly in server systems. IPMI supports both in-band (from the operating system) and out-of-band (from the network direct to hardware...
  • Blog Post: Scripts to make your life easier

    I found a blog which has a few helpful VBScripts to perform some common tasks. http://blogs.msdn.com/alejacma/archive/tags/WMI/default.aspx Hope this helps. Aditya Patwardhan [MSFT]
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework Install Failure and Investigation

    Since Windows Management Framework was released Oct. 2009, our customers have been excited about using PowerShell 2.0 on down-level OSes. Meanwhile, we also received feedback from both internal and external customers about our product issues. One of them is WMF install failure followed by the mysterious...
  • Blog Post: Perform asynchronous asset management using Windows Powershell cmdlets for WMI

    With Windows 7 wmi cmdlets now have support to perform tasks asynchronously. Asynchronous execution typically involves – · Run commands in background · Wait/stop on them · Retrieve results · Check status of execution Thus to collect hard inventory data like total Physical Memory...
  • Blog Post: WMI in the cloud

    Recently I came accross an interesting post which talks about how to use WMI with Windows Azure. http://blog.wadewegner.com/index.php/2009/11/04/leveraging-wmi-in-an-azure-web-role/
  • Blog Post: WMI in the cloud

    Recently I came accross an interesting post which talks about how to use WMI with Windows Azure. http://blog.wadewegner.com/index.php/2009/11/04/leveraging-wmi-in-an-azure-web-role/
  • Blog Post: wmic vs WMI Powershell cmdlets

    Compare WMIC.EXE with Windows Powershell Cmdlets for WMI The WMI command-line (WMIC) utility provides a command-line interface for WMI. With Windows 7 you can do everything that you can do with wmic using Windows Powershell and much more by leveraging powerful features of Windows Powershell. ...
  • Blog Post: Using "within" in a WMI event query

    What happens when we don't specify a "within" interval in a WQL notification query with an intrinsic event class name? For example: SELECT * FROM __InstanceCreationEvent WHERE TargetInstance ISA 'Win32_NTLogEvent' AND TargetInstance.LogFile = 'System' AND TargetInstance.EventCode = '1007...
  • Blog Post: Finding out which machines are Laptops in a domain

    Say you want to provision some settings only on all laptops in your corporate domain. The problemthough is, how do you identify which computers ones are laptops? WMI Class win32_systemEnclosure has a property - ChassisTypes. ChassisTypes is 9 in a laptop. Addtion based on reader feedback: ChassisTypes...
  • Blog Post: CIM 101

    The CIM is an information model, a conceptual view of the managed environment, that attempts to unify and extend the existing instrumentation and management standards (SNMP, DMI, CMIP, etc.) using object-oriented constructs and design. WMI uses the Common Information Model (CIM) industry standard to...
  • Blog Post: User Account Control and WMI

    Starting with Windows Vista, under User Account Control (UAC) access-token filtering can affect which operations are allowed in WMI namespaces or what data is returned. Under UAC, all accounts in the local Administrators group run with a standard user access token , also known as UAC access-token filtering...
  • Blog Post: Writing WMI providers FAQ series - 2 - When a provider doesn’t support enumeration what will be the impact for the WMI consumer?

    The aim of the series is to cover a WMI Provider writing question per post. If you have a question, you'd like the WMI team to answer, do leave a comment. Now, for the answer - If the WMI client requests to enumerate all instances of a class supported by such a provider, a return code WBEM_NOT_CAPABLE...
  • Blog Post: Writing WMI providers FAQ series - 1 - If a provider doesn’t support query capabilities, how is the query handled by WMI?

    The aim of the series is to cover a WMI Provider writing question per post. If you have a question, you'd like the WMI team to answer, do leave a comment. Now, for the answer - Let's take the Win32_Product class supported by the MSI provider as it is today. This class returns a complete list of...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting WMI providers using MSFT_Providers class

    MSFT_Providers is a troubleshooting class which contains configuration information for providers. This class can be pretty handy while troubleshooting provider issues. For eg. Suppose you want to know which wmiprvse process is your provider loaded in, you could use HostProcessIdentifier property...
  • Blog Post: WMI: Remote query for Win32_Product class results in ‘Generic Failure’ error (0x80041001)

    Here’s an issue that some of our WMI enthusiasts have been seeing in the field. When remotely querying the Win32_Product class to determine what software is installed on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 system, a “Generic Failure” (0x80041001) error is returned. If the same query is run locally on...
  • Blog Post: Check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog

    The “Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog ” is a great resource! The scripting guys blog about great tips, tricks, and solutions for Windows management. Here’s a list of recent WMI and PowerShell related topics: · Can I Query CPU Information with WMI and Windows PowerShell? · Where Can I Find a List of...
  • Blog Post: BITS Compact Server & WMI provider

    BITS Compact Server is a simple and secure HTTP / HTTPS server. BITS Compact Server exposes COM API for configuration. It can also be configured through a WMI provider. Features: 1. HTTP / HTTPS file server, for ad-hoc file hosting. It is not intended to be an internet facing server. 2. Independent...
  • Blog Post: What's new in WMI for Windows 7

    MSDN link - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa394053(VS.85).aspx New Security Feature in Windows 7 The following table lists the new Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) security feature that is available in Windows 7. Feature Description Controlling...
  • Blog Post: Some useful WMI webcasts

    The below webcasts are a little old, but still useful - Windows PowerShell and Windows Management Instrumentation (Level 200) Troubleshooting Windows Management Instrumentation with the New Diagnosis Utility (Level 200) Troubleshooting the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) (Level 300...
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