By Nash Pherson -
Coretech’s latest project should help significantly lower the bar to ConfigMgr and systems management automation with Powershell. The Coretech WMI and PowerShell Browser allows you to intimately interact with WMI and PowerShell. On the WMI side, it will let you easily view all the namespaces, classes, methods, properties and instances on a local or remote devices. It is also able to export query results and the methods from namespaces. For PowerShell, it helps you explore built-in or custom modules and their documentation.
On both the WMI and PowerShell sides, one of the most useful things is the integration of known help, syntax, and value information. For example, when looking at the Win32_OperatingSystem class, there are lots of properties with values that don’t exactly tell you a lot up front, like the ProductType proptery. The Coretech WMI and PowerShell Browser fills in the details you need to make sense of the information so you know that when ProductType=3, the system is a Server. I apologize in advance to all of those people who memorized the all 24 ChassisTypes values and their corresponding form factors.
At the beginning of the year, Coretech made the exciting announcement that young Kaido Järvemets was joining their team. Kaido, a PowerShell expert and Enterprise Client Management MVP, has been making significant contributions to the ConfigMgr community over the last several years. Before this, his most well-known project was creating many useful PowerShell Cmdlets for ConfigMgr at http://cm12sdk.net/ long before the product team at Microsoft invested in this area. The Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer integrates with the custom ConfigMgr Cmdlets he has written.
See Kaido’s initial announcement and a brief description of the product:
Ever the consummate teacher, Kent Agerlund does a detailed walk through of all the features and how to use them:
I hope that helps!