Chapter 5. Using WMI

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of WMI namespaces

  • Use the WMI namespaces

  • Navigate the WMI namespaces

  • Understand the use of WMI providers

  • Discover classes supplied by WMI providers

  • Use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet to perform simple WMI queries

  • Produce a listing of all WMI classes

  • Perform searches to find WMI classes

The inclusion of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) in virtually every operating system released by Microsoft since Windows NT 4.0 should give you an idea of the importance of this underlying technology. From a network management perspective, many useful tasks can be accomplished using just Windows PowerShell, but to truly begin to unleash the power of scripting, you need to bring ...

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