Retrieving Documentation for Raw and Formatted Performance Data Objects

The following topic describes how to retrieve the on-line programming documentation for a dynamically-created raw or formatted data object.

WMI contains a number of objects that track performance. Classes derived from Win32_PerfRawData contain raw, or "uncooked" performance data, and are supported by the Performance Counter provider. In contrast, classes derived from Win32_PerfFormattedData contain "cooked", or formatted data, and are supported by the Formatted Performance Data Provider.

However, both providers support a number of dynamically-created child classes. Because the properties are added at run-time, these classes may contain undocumented properties. You can use the following code to identify what properties a given dynamically-created class has.

Dn750765.wedge(en-us,VS.85).gifTo retrieve a description of a dynamically-created class

  1. Create an instance of the item, and set the amended qualifier to true.

    
    $osClass = New-Object System.Management.ManagementClass Win32_ClassNameHere  
    $osClass.Options.UseAmendedQualifiers = $true
    
    
  2. Retrieve the properties of the class.

    
    $properties = $osClass.Properties  
    "This class has {0} properties as follows:" -f $properties.count
    
    
  3. Display the properties.

    
    foreach ($property in $properties) {  
    "Property Name: {0}" -f $property.Name  
    "Description:   {0}" -f $($property.Qualifiers["Description"].Value)  
    "Type:          {0}" -f $property.Type  
    "-------"
    }
    
    

The following code retrieves the property descriptions for the specified Win32_PerfFormattedData object.


$osClass = New-Object System.Management.ManagementClass Win32_PerfFormattedData_APPPOOLCountersProvider_APPPOOLWAS  
$osClass.Options.UseAmendedQualifiers = $true  
  
# Get the Properties in the class  
$properties = $osClass.Properties  
"This class has {0} properties as follows:" -f $properties.count  
  
  
# display the Property name, description, type, qualifiers and instance values  
  
foreach ($property in $properties) {  
"Property Name: {0}" -f $property.Name  
"Description:   {0}" -f $($property.Qualifiers["Description"].Value)  
"Type:          {0}" -f $property.Type  
"-------"  
}

 

 

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