Posts Tagged ‘wmi’


Enable WMI Explorer Remote Connection Permissions

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Devin Leaman
One of my first tasks, after I was hired at SAPIEN, was to figure out why users couldn’t view WMI classes on remote computers and turn the solution into an easy-to-follow blog post. After completing that, I had to turn it into a script so that it was even easier to set up. Although I managed to complete the script, there was the catch that it worked only on Windows 8. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working on Windows 10. With the help of a couple of SAPIEN MVPs (thanks, Mike and James!), I’m happy to share that…   More »

WMI Explorer 2016 released

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Alex Riedel
WMI Explorer 2016 was released as part of the regular update cycle for our subscribers. We added some improvements behind the scenes: - improved security blanket handling allows remote browsing for more machines on your network.- detect and handle classes with descriptions that have linefeed only line ending.- general performance enhancements. The most obvious change of course is the new default color scheme. If you do not get the new color settings after upgrading from the 2015 version, that is normal, as all 2015 settings are transferred automatically and that includes the currently selected skin. If you want the…   More »

Enable WMI Explorer Windows 8 Remote Connection Permissions

Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Devin Leaman
Earlier in October, I posted a blog about remote connection failures that occur when using WMI Explorer on a remote computer running Windows 8. This solution doesn't apply to computers running other versions of Windows. To sum it up, you need to make three changes for WMI Explorer to connect to a Windows 8 remote machine. Allow Remote Administration through the Windows Firewall Give the user the required remote access to COM security Give the user the required remote access to the WMI root namespace and sub-namespaces. For those who have this issue, but don’t have the time to go…   More »

WMI Explorer Windows 8 Remote Connection Issues

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Devin Leaman
Connecting WMI Explorer to a remote Windows 8 computer is not an easy task. Due to the various firewall and permission settings that Windows 8 has, there are a few things that need to be modified in order to connect properly. Please note that this article only addresses Windows 8 and 8.1 but not Windows 10. We will examine the necessary modifications for Windows 10 at a later time.The first step is to enable Remote Admin on the computer you’re connecting to. You can do this two different ways, through the command line interface (CLI) or the Windows Firewall GUI.…   More »

WMI Explorer 2015 gets a PowerShell console

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 by Alex Riedel
With the latest service build WMI Explorer 2015 has received an integrated Windows PowerShell console. While previous versions had the ability to execute generated PowerShell code in a console, experimentation with that code was not possible because PowerShell does not include the commands passed as arguments to the console in the history. With this new release you can just use cursor up to get the last command and modify and re-run that command to experiment. In addition to adding a new integrated Windows PowerShell console, we also updated the generated code to use the newer Get-CIMInstance cmdlet rather than the…   More »

WMI Explorer 2014 released!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Alex Riedel
The latest version of the WMI Explorer is available now on our website. Here are just a few highlights from the features in this release: Superior performance using cached data and multi-threaded code gets you results fast Explore and query local and remote machines. A large variety of search options enables you to access the information you need faster and more precisely. Filters allow you to reduce noise and focus only on relevant information. Preset and custom queries let you not only examine the classes, properties and methods but also the underlying data. View all documentation for any WMI object…   More »

WMI Explorer 2014: Running Queries

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by Alex Riedel
WMI has a large amount of namespaces, classes and properties. While the WMI Explorer allows you to browse, search and filter all these items, it also enables you to query the underlying data for all of this. What you see above here is a standard query for the selected class. It is the same as running a “select * from Win32_Service” in this case. You can also limit the number of columns or properties by only selecting the items you need. In this case we selected the ‘Caption’ and ‘State’ properties only to get a list of all services and…   More »

WMI Explorer 2014: Find, Search and Filter

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
When I originally designed the new version of the WMI Explorer I only wanted to add Find functionality. You know, like you do in any text editor. Type in an expression, it jumps to the first occurrence and the you hit Next, Next, Next until you get where you want to be. You can still do that of course, and if the focus is on the class list it will search that and if you put the focus on the property/method list, it will search that. F3 will go to the next hit and Shift F3 will go to the…   More »

WMI Explorer 2014: Connect to remote computers.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
As promised here are some more details on the new version of the WMI Explorer. One of the main flaws of the old versions was that it only worked on the current machine. With the 2014 version you can connect to any other computer in your network. Of course you will have to make sure you have sufficient rights to access WMI remotely. Just click on the connect button the first time you connect to a remote machine. Enter the remote machine’s name and add your user id and password. That’s it. Once you have connected successfully to a remote…   More »

Introducing the WMI Explorer 2014

Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
WMI Explorer 2014 is now officially released as of April 17th 2014. Please go here for more details:   For many years now administrators have used SAPIEN’s WMI Explorer to get a handle on WMI classes and their properties and methods. It is in fact one of our most popular free tools from our collection of community tools. Amazingly enough this was never a tool that was intended to be released to the public. I originally put the WMI Explorer together in 2005 from code I found online and had laying around to better understand WMI and how to…   More »