Using VBScript and WMI to get Remote System Info

Posted On 2016-02-09 by VB6Boy
Tags: VBScript Tip Tutorial Windows
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From time to time, you might be called upon to get some information about many machines, quickly. If you don't have an up-to-date inventory system, or that data is suspect, you can leverage a script to get the data for you.

I built the below quick and dirty script some time ago to gather processor and memory configurations for about 150 hosts scattered across several sites. Running the script, I was able to successfully grab the Number of CPUs, the speed of the CPU(s), and the amount of memory in each machine, in just a few minutes.

The script below expects to find a file called input.txt in the current directory. The input file should contain a list of host names, one per line. Each host will queried in turn, and the results of the queries will appended to a file called output.txt, also in the current directory. Original filenames, eh? ;)

Hope this helps someone out there, and if you have any comments, questions, complaints, or improvements, feel free to start a thread in the forums, or simply post a comment below.

'*** Set aside some variables

Dim objFSO, objFolder, objShell, objTextFile, objFile
Dim strDirectory, strFile, strText
Dim strComputer

'*** Define some values

strDirectory = "."
strFile = "\output.txt"

'*** instantiate file system object for reading input file

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strInputFile, ForReading)

Const ForReading = 1

Dim arrFileLines()
i = 0

'*** read the input file into the array

Do Until objFile.AtEndOfStream
Redim Preserve arrFileLines(i)
arrFileLines(i) = objFile.ReadLine
i = i + 1

'*** instantiate file system object for writing the output

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

'*** check to see if the file exists. if not, create it

If objFSO.FileExists(strDirectory & strFile) Then
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strDirectory)
Set objFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(strDirectory & strFile)
Wscript.Echo "Just created " & strDirectory & strFile
End If

set objFile = nothing
set objFolder = nothing

'*** using append here. if the file was just created in
'*** the previous step, we'll still use append. this way,
'*** we can also append to an existing file.

Const ForAppending = 8
Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile (strDirectory & strFile, 2, True)
On Error Resume Next ' bad form, i know.

'*** write a little header first


'*** roll through the array, and use remote wmi queries to get the info
'*** from the remote system, one at a time. Note that the account running
'*** the script must have permission to query wmi on the remote system.

For Each strLine in arrFileLines

strComputer=strLine ' current host name

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_
strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

Set colSettings = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")

Set objWMICPU = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colCPU = objWMICPU.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Processor",,48)

For Each objComputer in colSettings

strText=strComputer & "," & objComputer.NumberOfProcessors & "," &_
objComputer.TotalPhysicalMemory & ","


For each objComputer in colCPU



'*** Write the output to the file, move on to the next

strText=strText & strMaxClockSpeed


'*** close our files up

on error goto 0

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