Article Number: 000126566
This article provides a way to identify what type of Dell Docking Station is attached to your computer using the PowerShell application.
One of the reasons you would want to locate this information is so that it can be used along with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) scripting. This lets you customize installing and updating the dock drivers and firmware.
What is PowerShell?
PowerShell: replaced the Command Prompt application in newer versions of Windows 10. PowerShell is a more powerful tool than Command Prompt. Microsoft designed it as a tool helps you automate and quickly solve many tedious administration tasks. You can create and use scripts to simplify and automate repetitive tasks.
Install the Dell System Inventory Agent (DSIA).
Download the latest DellSDPCatalogPC.cab file from our Downloads site:
Using an Extractor application such as WinZip, open the .cab file, but do not extract all the contents of the file.
Extract DellSDPCatalogPC.xml from the .cab file to your desktop.
Open DellSPDCatalogPC.xml with a text editor application
Either search or scroll down the file for the DSIA entry.
Identify the DSIA URL from the file (for example DSIAPC 188.8.131.52.msi).
Use that link to download the latest version of DSIA to your computer.
Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.
Open PowerShell and type the following Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) command, followed by pressing the enter key to obtain the computer inventory:
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> gwmi -n root\dell\sysinv dell_softwareidentity | select versionstring, elementname |sort elementname
You are looking to identify something similar to the example shown below from the inventory list:
0001.0000.0006.0000 Dell Docking Station - WD15 Firmware
(Figure.1 PowerShell Windows with inventory output example)
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21 Jul 2021