While I was searching for a way to read shortcut (lnk) file properties in C# (why no I haven't torn out _all_ my hair, but thanks for asking) I stumbled across a nice little GUI for generating WMI queries called WMI Code Creator. It can be used either to enumerate the WMI namespaces, classes, methods, and qualifiers on a given computer (local or remote) or to actually generate C#, VB.NET, or VBScript code for running queries against them via WSH.http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2006.01.utilityspotlight.aspx
I haven't gotten around to testing the code at all, or even attempted to browse the WMI providers on a remote machine for that matter. And of course WSH is deprecated in favor of PowerShell anyway. At the very least, though, the WMI browsing functionality seems useful. There's also a PowerShell based WMI browser
that's probably more useful for that. Since PowerShell was introduced shortly before the end of my days as an IT monkey I can't seem to be bothered to put the time and effort into messing with it though.