IWbemServices::ExecMethodAsync method (wbemcli.h)

The IWbemServices::ExecMethodAsync method asynchronously executes a method exported by a CIM object. The call immediately returns to the client while the inbound parameters are forwarded to the appropriate provider where it executes. Information and status are returned to the caller through the supplied object sink.

Methods are not directly implemented by Windows Management, but are exported by method providers. For any given CIM class, the available methods and their parameters are part of the documentation for the provider in question.


HRESULT ExecMethodAsync(
  [in] const BSTR       strObjectPath,
  [in] const BSTR       strMethodName,
  [in] long             lFlags,
  [in] IWbemContext     *pCtx,
  [in] IWbemClassObject *pInParams,
  [in] IWbemObjectSink  *pResponseHandler


[in] strObjectPath

Valid BSTR containing the object path of the object for which the method is to be executed. You can invoke a static method using either a class name or an object path to an instance. The method provider can parse the object path parameter to determine the class and instance that contain the method definition.

[in] strMethodName

Name of the method for the object.

[in] lFlags

WBEM_FLAG_SEND_STATUS registers with Windows Management a request to receive intermediate status reports through the clients implementation of IWbemObjectSink::SetStatus. Provider implementation must support intermediate status reporting for this flag to change behavior. Note that the WBEM_FLAG_USE_AMENDED_QUALIFIERS flag cannot be used here.

[in] pCtx

Typically NULL; otherwise, this is a pointer to an IWbemContext object that may be used by the provider executing the method. The values in the context object must be specified in the documentation for the provider in question. For more information about this parameter, see Making Calls to WMI.

[in] pInParams

Can be NULL if no inbound parameters are required to execute the method. Otherwise, this points to an IWbemClassObject object that contains the properties acting as inbound parameters for the method execution. The contents of the object are method-specific, and are part of the specification for the provider in question. However, the most common object is an instance of the __Parameters system class. For each input parameter to the method to be called, there is one non-system property. Method providers ignore the ID qualifiers attached to each parameter in the method, which are typically used only by browsers and similar applications.

[in] pResponseHandler

Cannot be NULL. The object sink receives the result of the method call. The outbound parameters are sent to IWbemObjectSink::Indicate. The most common returned object is an instance of the __Parameters system class. For more information about return codes, see the Remarks section. When implementing a method provider, you should call Indicate to return output parameter information before calling IWbemObjectSink::SetStatus to report the final status.

Return value

This method returns an HRESULT indicating the status of the method call. The following list lists the value contained within an HRESULT.

On failure, you can obtain any available information from the COM function GetErrorInfo.

Other errors are reported asynchronously to the object sink supplied in the pReponseHandler parameter.

COM-specific error codes also may be returned if network problems cause you to lose the remote connection to WMI.


A single method provider can supply methods for many classes and instances. Method providers have to deal with a maximum of three return values.

The IWbemObjectSink::SetStatus method is called to indicate the end of the result set. It may also be called with no intervening calls to IWbemObjectSink::Indicate if error conditions occur.

Because the call-back might not be returned at the same authentication level as the client requires, it is recommended that you use semisynchronous instead of asynchronous communication. If you require asynchronous communication, see Calling a Method.

Return values Description
ExecMethodAsync (required) Indicates whether or not the input parameters for the method that are pointed to by the pInParams parameter are valid.
Invoked method (optional) Dependent on the method. The return value is placed in the ReturnValue property of the __PARAMETERS instance representing the out parameters and returned through a call to Indicate.
Invoked method out parameters (optional) Dependent on the method. Out parameters are placed in non-system properties of a __PARAMETERS instance and returned through Indicate.


The following C++ example shows how to implement the IWbemServices::ExecMethodAsync method for the Echo method of the TestMeth class. The TestMeth class supports a method that has one input parameter and one output parameter and that returns an unsigned 32-bit integer. The implementation assumes that there is only one method called Echo and one class that contains it. For the sake of brevity, there is no error checking or object path parsing.

STDMETHODIMP CMyMethodProvider::ExecMethodAsync(BSTR ObjectPath, 
    BSTR MethodName, long lFlags, IWbemContext* pCtx, 
    IWbemClassObject* pInParams, IWbemObjectSink* pResultSink)
    HRESULT hr;
    IWbemClassObject * pClass = NULL;
    IWbemClassObject * pOutClass = NULL;
    IWbemClassObject* pOutParams;

    // Allocate some BSTRs.

    BSTR ClassName = SysAllocString(L"TestMeth");    
    BSTR InputArgName = SysAllocString(L"sInArg");
    BSTR OutputArgName = SysAllocString(L"sOutArg");
    BSTR retValName = SysAllocString(L"ReturnValue");

    // Get the class object; this is hard-coded and matches the class
    // in the MOF.  A more sophisticated example would parse 
    // ObjectPath to determine the class and possibly the instance.
    // The m_pWbemSvcs pointer is of type IWbemServices*
    hr = m_pWbemSvcs->GetObject(ClassName, 0, pCtx, &pClass, NULL);

    // This method returns values, and so creates an instance of the
    // output argument class.

    hr = pClass->GetMethod(MethodName, 0, NULL, &pOutClass);
    pOutClass->SpawnInstance(0, &pOutParams);

    // Copy the input argument into the output object.

    VARIANT var;

    // Get the input argument.
    pInParams->Get(InputArgName, 0, &var, NULL, NULL);   

    // Put it into the output object.
    pOutParams->Put(OutputArgName , 0, &var, 0);      

    long lLen = wcslen(var.bstrVal);
    var.vt = VT_I4;
    var.lVal = lLen;
    // Special name for the return value.
    pOutParams->Put(retValName , 0, &var, 0); 

    // Send the output object back to the client by the sink. Then 
    // release the pointers and free the strings.

    hr = pResultSink->Indicate(1, &pOutParams);
    // All done; now set the status.

    hr = pResultSink->SetStatus(0,WBEM_S_NO_ERROR,NULL,NULL);
    return WBEM_S_NO_ERROR;


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows Vista
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008
Target Platform Windows
Header wbemcli.h (include Wbemidl.h)
Library Wbemuuid.lib
DLL Fastprox.dll; Esscli.dll; FrameDyn.dll; FrameDynOS.dll; Ntevt.dll; Stdprov.dll; Viewprov.dll; Wbemcomn.dll; Wbemcore.dll; Wbemess.dll; Wbemsvc.dll; Wmipicmp.dll; Wmidcprv.dll; Wmipjobj.dll; Wmiprvsd.dll

See also

Calling a Method