In an earlier post, I referenced the Command-line Nirvana article.
Here is some quick information to help you get started with poking around the WMIC, when running as an Administrator:
Start out by going to a command prompt (Start, Run, CMD) and enter:
- WMIC /?:FULL >WMIC-Help.txt (then hit Enter)
- Notepad WMIC-Help.txt (then hit Enter)
Now you can get the expanded help information to get you started. I have only done a few simple things, such as:
Get a bunch of information on the CPU in your computer:
- From within the WMIC environment: CPU
- From the regular command prompt: WMIC CPU
- From the regular command prompt, written to an XML file: WMIC /RECORD:cpu.txt CPU
My examples show getting information from my local machine, but you can get information from a remote computer also. But, before you go crazy and build your own management environment, take a look at SMS and MOM. They can do quite a bit for you, and save you a ton of time in the process.