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Windows PowerShell™ 3.0 Step by Step by Ed Wilson

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Using the CIM cmdlets to explore WMI classes

In Microsoft Windows PowerShell 3.0, the Common Information Model (CIM) exposes a new application programming interface (API) for working with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) information. The CIM cmdlets support multiple ways of exploring WMI. They work well when working in an interactive fashion. For example, tab expansion expands the namespace when you use the CIM cmdlets, thereby permitting exploring namespaces in a simple fashion. These namespaces might not otherwise be very discoverable. You can even drill down into namespaces by using this technique of tab expansion. All CIM classes support tab expansion of the namespace parameter, as well as the -class parameter. But to explore WMI ...

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