Powershell – Basic use for the rest of us (Part 7)


So last time, we saw how we could pull up this monster list of WMI objects and throw them into a CSV file to see just what objects were available.

But we’d like to do something a little useful with the WMI Objects.

We can pull out a multitude information from various WMI Objects.   And you can send commands to WMI objects as well (certain ones)

So how do you see what you can get?

For the most part, WMI Objects are pretty descriptive about what they might contain.   To pull information from a WMI Object in Powershell, the basic method is to type



Now this is not the only parameters you can type in, but this is just to give you a feel for what you can do.

So if we type in



We’ll get an output similar to


Which tells us the revision of the BIOS on this particular computer, my service tag (No, it’s not REALLY 7654321 and I’m not telling you what it is) and EVEN the manufacturer of the BIOS.





Will quickly yield results like



But there’s a lot more to WMI Objects.  If you pipe the last command through a “GET-MEMBER” to see what’s REALLY available you’ll get a list of Properties accessible well beyond this small piece displayed.

Here’s a few Examples.


Yields the date you installed (or somebody did at least) the operating system


Gives the NETBIOS or Computer name.   With WMI Objects we can even tell a system to reboot.


Because WMI Objects not only contain information, it’s also a controlling interface.   Reboot is a “METHOD” which is a special type of property.   It can DO things do the Object, whether it is to send information or modify the outcoming content.


This is not an End all Be all introduction to WMI.   All this is meant to do is introduce you to Powershell and how you might be able to use it to access and work with WMI.


Remember, Powershell is not the ONLY way to do it, but it is another tool to arm yourself with and make yourself more productive.



The Energized Tech

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