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Using Verbs

There are several verbs that can be used with aliases. In simplest terms, the verbs are commands that you can use to work with the aliases.

Verbs (Commands)


where (
= "
wmic alias where (
= "
") list full
C:\>wmic useraccount where (name =
"guest") list full

Use to filter the output. The value must be enclosed in double quotes.

Only valid properties of the alias can be used in a where clause. You can view all valid properties of any alias with the following command:

wmic alias list full
get property wmic /node:
remotecomputer alias get 
property C:\>wmic /node:win7pcg
computersystem get username C:\>wmic /node:win7pcg
computersystem get username,
domain, totalphysicalmemory
C:\>wmic useraccount where (name =
"sally") get C:\>wmic useraccount where (name =
"sally") get disabled

You can use the get command to retrieve one or more properties of any alias. If you want to retrieve multiple properties, you separate each with a comma.

The first example to the left gets the username of a logged-in user on a remote system of a remote computer. The second example gets the username, the domain, and the amount of physical memory installed on the remote computer.

You can also use a where clause to filter the data. In the last two examples, a where clause is used to retrieve properties on a user account named Sally, and then only the value of the disabled property.

set set property 
= " value" wmic /node:
remotecomputer alias set property = "value" wmic /node: remotecomputer 
alias set property C:\>wmic /node:win7pcg useraccount
where (name = "guest") set
disabled = "true"

The set command allows you to set some alias properties.

The example combines the set command with the where clause to disable the guest account on a remote system. The value must be specified in double quotes.

delete wmic 
alias where (
property =
value ) 
C:\>wmic process where (name =
'notepad.exe') delete

Deletes an instance.

You can use this to terminate processes. The example terminates a running instance of Notepad.

assoc wmic 
alias assoc C:\>wmic os assoc
wmic alias where (
property = 'value') 
C:\>wmic group where (name =
'administrators') assoc

assoc shows the associations with an object. In the first example, it displays information about the operating system alias.

The second example shows all WMI objects that are associated with the Administrators group by adding a where clause.

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