Finding WMI classes that contain methods

Doctor Scripto

Summary: Learn how to find methods from WMI classes.

Sometimes when working with WMI, it might seem as if you are entering a strange territory with dangers lurking around every corner. Unfortunately, there might not even be a sign such as the following to alert you to the hidden dangers:

Photo of sign

But by using the CIM cmdlets, we can bring a bit of order to an otherwise messy situation.

If I do not know the name of a WMI method, I can use a wildcard character to find the method. If I use the *, my command will return all WMI classes that have a method defined:

Get-CimClass -MethodName *

The command and output from the command are shown here:

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Even with tab expansion, typing Get-CimClass is a bit annoying. Luckily, there is an alias. I found the alias by using the Get-Alias cmdlet:

PS C:\> Get-Alias -Definition get-cimclass

CommandType     Name                                               Version    Source

———–     —-                                               ——-    ——

Alias           gcls -> Get-CimClass

Now I want to find all Dynamic classes that have methods defined. I use the following command (glcs is the alias for Get-CimClass):

gcls  -MethodName * -QualifierName dynamic

Here are the command and the output from the command:

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How many classes with methods is this anyway? I pipe the output to the Measure-Object cmdlet (measure is an alias):

PS C:\> gcls  -MethodName * -QualifierName dynamic | measure

Count    : 110

Average  :

Sum      :

Maximum  :

Minimum  :

Property :

How many dynamic WMI classes are there?

PS C:\> gcls  -QualifierName dynamic | Measure-Object

Count    : 634

Average  :

Sum      :

Maximum  :

Minimum  :

Property :

Well, that is pretty cool. So what are the most common method names? I can expand the CimClassMethods property and group the output. Following is the command I came up with:

gcls  -MethodName * -QualifierName dynamic | select -ExpandProperty cimclassmethods | group | sort count -Descending

Here is the command and the output from the command:

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I have found some interesting methods. Now I want to know what cmdlets have the GetRecordCount method, so I use the following command:

PS C:\> gcls  -MethodName getrecordcount

   NameSpace: ROOT/cimv2

CimClassName                        CimClassMethods      CimClassProperties

————                        —————      ——————

Win32_ReliabilityStabilityMetrics   {GetRecordCount}     {EndMeasurementDate, Rel…

Win32_ReliabilityRecords            {GetRecordCount}     {ComputerName, EventIden…

By using these techniques, I can find exactly the WMI class I need with the method I want to use to help take my management skills to the next level. Try it out. It is kind of fun and extremely powerful. Anyway, it is better than walking around with a can of bear spray.

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Ed Wilson, Microsoft Scripting Guy


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