Posts tagged with WMI

Guest Post — Get-myFreeSpace Revisited

May 4th, 2017 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Today’s post comes by way of a co-worker, Robert Carlson, who took my previous post on getting the free disk space of remote computers and offered a very useful suggestion — instead of outputting strings, which is only useful for a display or report, he suggests creating a PSCustomObject and outputting that. Slick! I like it. […]

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Getting the Free Disk Space of Remote Computers Revisited

April 18th, 2017 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Several years ago, I wrote a fairly simplistic script to get the free disk space of remote computers. It wasn’t all that sophisticated, but it got the job that I needed done, so I shared it here on my blog, since I thought others might find it useful. Which, based on the number of hits here, […]

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Getting Automatic Services That Are Stopped With PowerShell

September 29th, 2016 by and tagged , ,

One of the first things I check when I am troubleshooting a system is whether all the services that should be running, are. I could just open up services.msc, click on the “Startup Type” column to sort by the startup type, and scroll down through the Automatic services to see which ones aren’t running. But […]

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Unmapping Network Drives

June 27th, 2015 by and tagged , , , , ,

Unmapping network drives with PowerShell should be easy, and it is, but with some caveats. If you always create your network drive mappings with New-PSDrive, then it’s easy to unmap them with Remove-PSDrive. But if some of them are created with Group Policy, some of them with the legacy “net use” commands, some of them […]

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Getting the Free Disk Space of Remote Computers

November 26th, 2014 by and tagged , , , ,

(For an updated version of this post and script, see Getting the Free Disk Space of Remote Computers Revisited.) This started out as a simple script to try to get the free space on one of my servers, but I quickly discovered that using WMI’s Win32_LogicalDisk could only give me part of the solution. The […]

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Finding out what RAM DIMMs are installed on a computer without opening the box

September 9th, 2014 by and tagged , , , ,

OK, so I needed to know exactly what RAM was installed on a computer and how many slots there were. I could have had the user shutdown his machine, opened up the box, got out a flashlight, popped out the DIMMs, written down the obscure part numbers, plugged them back in, and closed it up. […]

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Getting Drive Information Using WMI and PowerShell

June 15th, 2013 by and tagged , , ,

In my ongoing quest to remove dependency on legacy DOS commands, I recently created this script to get a list of all the local and mapped drives on a machine and how much free space each has on it.  This script could be easily extended to display additional information (such as the underlying filesystem type) […]

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Stopping All Running Virtual Machines (Hyper-V)

April 6th, 2012 by and tagged , ,

So, a good friend and fellow MVP asked me for a script to shut down all running virtual machines on a server so she could do cold backups of them. This seemed like a perfectly reasonable request, and my first thought was “Well, this gets really obvious and easy in Windows Server 8” since we […]

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Starting Exchange Services after a Power Failure

March 15th, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

In my environment, with a virtualized SBS 2011 Standard, there are occasionally Microsoft Exchange 2010 services that don’t properly restart if there has been an abrupt power failure on the Hyper-V host. (Don’t ask.) Now, of course, the first time this happened, I just logged in to the server and started the services. But when […]

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PowerShell, Hyper-V and WMI

February 15th, 2011 by and tagged , ,

I’ve started an article over on the PowerShell Survival Guide Wiki to drop in quick hits how to do “stuff” with Hyper-V, using PowerShell and the native WMI interface of Hyper-V. The WMI namespace for Hyper-V is  “root\virtualization”. Turns out managing Hyper-V isn’t as hard as I thought, at least in no small part because […]

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