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January 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm

If I can find all my DC's across the forest thus:

foreach ($domain in ((get-adforest).domains)) { get-addomaincontroller -filter * -server $domain 
| sort hostname  | select -Property hostname }

...and I have this one-liner to get all installed qfe's, locally:

wmic qfe list full /format:texttablewsys > patches.txt can I leverage Powershell to dump all DCs info to an inventory collection, all in one file?

Would it be something like

Invoke-Command -Session $dc -ScriptBlock {wmic qfe list full /format:texttablewsys > patches.txt}


I'm getting warmer with this:

$DCs = foreach ($domain in ((get-adforest).domains)) { get-addomaincontroller -filter * -server $domain `
| sort hostname  | select -Property hostname }

$dc = New-PSSession -ComputerName $DCs -Credential $creds

Invoke-Command -Session $dc -ScriptBlock {wmic qfe list full } | Out-File C:\temp\compliance\AllDC_patches.csv

but 1) I'm doing something wrong with the $dc -computername parameter (my $DCs variable does contain FQDN strings of my DCs)
and 2) The outfile isn't pretty, but does give me the wmic data.

Thank you,

January 27, 2017 at 1:05 am

Hey Jeff–

If you change the Property parameter in your select statement to ExpandProperty, your $DCs variable will work.

As it is, $DCs would look like this if you return it to the console:


Using the -ExpandProperty variable your $DCs variable would be just a flat array instead of a generic object with a single property:

You would need to do another foreach loop such as foreach ($name in $DCs.hostname) in order for your current variable to work. Using the -ExpandProperty parameter will make DCs an array of names, without the need to call a specific property from the variable.

January 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

wmic should be avoided as it was deprecated in Server 2012. Use the CIM cmdlets instead

Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_QuickFixEngineering

 wmic qfe is accessing the same class under the hood

January 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Hi Matt,

the -expandProperty was the key and thanks. Along with Richard's suggestion for Get-CimInstance, I was able to get much better formatting, able to use export-csv and ultimately select the properties I want displayed.

I didn't need to run a for-each but will play with that to perhaps get better output. The sorting with what I have is a bit strange as it's not entirely sequential (wanted: list all DC's and its qfe's per domain, then output next Domains' DC's)

Revised code:

 $DCs = foreach ($domain in ((get-adforest).domains)) { get-addomaincontroller -filter * -server $domain `
| sort hostname  | select -Property hostname -ExpandProperty hostname }

$dc = New-PSSession -ComputerName $DCs -Credential $creds

Invoke-Command -Session $dc -ScriptBlock {Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_QuickFixEngineering } `
 | Select -Property PSComputerName,HotFixID,InstalledOn,InstalledBy | Export-Csv C:\temp\compliance\AllDC_patches.csv -NoTypeInformation

Thanks to you both


January 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Thank you Richard.