How to Remotely Determine the SMS Provider Using WBEMTest

From time to time one of the questions we get is:

How can I determine what my SMS_provider path/name is?

This is important to know because if you do any System Center Configuration Manager 2012 / 2007 or even SMS 2003 automation with VBS or PoSH, you need to know what the provider path/name is for each site. This information can be queried within the SYDI-SCCM script to determine what the full provider path is on a site server. In this blog post we will show you the steps to use in order to locate the SMS provider manually. This can be very useful when troubleshooting.

Windows Management Instrumentation Tester

Click Connect…


In the Namespace text box type \\<servername>\root\sms. In my example the server is called cm12-cm4.

Click Connect.

Enum Classes

Click Enum Classes…

Locate Namespace

Locate __NAMESPACE and double-click on it.


Click Instances.

Query Result

Here we see that the SMS provider name is site_CM4. This tells us that our full SMS provider path is \\cm12-cm4\root\sms\site_CM4. Now we can use this information to query our site server for all sorts of details.

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