Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fix: failed to connect to local computer because wmi initialization failure

On Windows Server 2003 I get this message: “failed to connect to local computer because wmi initialization failure”

To fix this condition, put this into a batch file and run it locally on the server

@echo on
cd /d c:\temp
if not exist %windir%\system32\wbem goto TryInstall
cd /d %windir%\system32\wbem
net stop winmgmt
winmgmt /kill
if exist Rep_bak rd Rep_bak /s /q
rename Repository Rep_bak
for %%i in (*.dll) do RegSvr32 -s %%i
for %%i in (*.exe) do call :FixSrv %%i
for %%i in (*.mof,*.mfl) do Mofcomp %%i
net start winmgmt
goto End

:FixSrv
if /I (%1) == (wbemcntl.exe) goto SkipSrv
if /I (%1) == (wbemtest.exe) goto SkipSrv
if /I (%1) == (mofcomp.exe) goto SkipSrv
%1 /RegServer

:SkipSrv
goto End

:TryInstall
if not exist wmicore.exe goto End
wmicore /s
net start winmgmt
:End

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A couple of days ago I was browsing my RSS feeds and came across an article that PowerShell MVP Jeffery Hicks wrote regarding the use of finding files using WMI with a function called Get-CimFile. That article is listed below:

http://jdhitsolutions.com/blog/2013/01/find-files-with-wmi-and-powershell/

In this article, Jeff shows how you can specify a filename and you can search through WMI to find a file or files quicker than what you could using Get-ChildItem. Of course, this is under the pretense that you have no idea where this file could be at (otherwise you would just use Get-ChildItem). In the article it was mentioned that one could add for optional credentials since Get-WMIObject already has a Credential parameter. In the comments it was asked about allowing wildcard support to the search as well.

Well, I had some free time and decided to take this on and add those features as well as making…

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