CIM vs WMI cmdlets-remote execution speed

Following on from my previous post we’ll look at how the two types of cmdlets compare for accessing remote machines. I used a similar format to the previous tests but was accessing a remote machine. First off was the WMI … Continue reading

Use PowerShell to Modify WMI Data Such as Drive Labels

Summary: The Scripting Wife learns how to use the CIM cmdlets and Windows PowerShell to assign a new drive label by modifying WMI data.
Weekend Scripter: Changing WMI information
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well yesterday, after we got…

Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Find the Version of Windows

Summary: The Scripting Wife learns about using Windows PowerShell to find computer hardware information in prep for the 2013 Scripting Games.
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning did not start with a nice leisurely cup of tea on th…

Get CIMInstance from PowerShell 2.0

I love the new CIM cmdlets in PowerShell 3.0. Querying WMI is a little faster because the CIM cmdlets query WMI using the WSMAN protocol instead of DCOM. The catch is that remote computers must be running PowerShell 3 which includes the latest version of the WSMAN protocol and the WinRM service. But if your […]

Shutting down a remote computer

PowerShell provides the Stop-Computer cmdlet for closing down a remote machine. I find this especially useful in my virtual test environment. I’ll have several machines running but won’t necessarily have logged onto them. Using Stop-Computer means that I can shut … Continue reading

CIM cmdlets

The CIM cmdlets are found in the CIMcmdlets module. Get-Command -Module CimCmdlets  produces this list of names.  I’ve added some information on the tasks they perform Get-CimAssociatedInstance  is for working with WMI associated classes Get-CimClass  is for discovering the properties … Continue reading


An email debate yesterday regarding the use of the CIM cmdlets (new in PowerShell 3) vs the WMI cmdlets made me realise that other people are probably wondering the same thing, The question is really part of a the semi-philosophical … Continue reading