When I was browsing the net, I stumbled upon a script that would convert a ContentID to DisplayName and PackageID. This got me thinking that when you’re troubleshooting Application deployments, you sometimes need to check which Application it is that’s being shown with it’s CI Unique ID in the log files. In certain log files, you can see the name directly, but not in all of them. So I decided to create a script that would convert the CI Unique ID to the application Display Name.

If you look in the ConfigMgr console, under Software Library – Application Management – Applications, you can add a column called CI Unique ID which will look like the following:


As shown in the picture above, these are the CI Unique IDs for each Application. It’s those that you will see in the client log files. In order to use PowerShell to convert these non-readable IDs to something more easier on the human eye, save the below script as ConvertFrom-CMApplicationCIUniqueID.ps1 and store it in C:\Scripts.

1. Open an elevated PowerShell console and browse to C:\Scripts, or where you saved the script.
2. Run the following command:

.\ConvertFrom-CMApplicationCIUniqueID.ps1 -SiteServer CAS01 -CIUniqueID "Application_e4f48c57-a4e2-4f32-99f1-f8e13a10dd39" -Verbose


It’s also possible to pass a string array to the CIUniqueID parameter, like this:

.\ConvertFrom-CMApplicationCIUniqueID.ps1 -SiteServer CAS01 -CIUniqueID "Application_e4f48c57-a4e2-4f32-99f1-f8e13a10dd39","Application_f7cdd400-ed5a-473b-a1ce-d3a0cc6643d2" -Verbose


As you may have noticed, I’m not using the whole CI Unique ID when I run the PowerShell script, instead I’m only using the ‘Application_xxx’ portion. The script performs a query trying to match the string from the CIUniqueID parameter with the complete CI Unique ID received from the SMS Provider. Therefor, you could take an portion of the CI Unique ID and use in this script.

<# .SYNOPSIS Convert a CI Unique ID to Application Name and Version in ConfigMgr 2012 .DESCRIPTION This script will convert a CI Unique ID shown in for example the AppIntentEval.log client log file to an Application Name and Version in ConfigMgr 2012 .PARAMETER SiteServer Site server name with SMS Provider installed .PARAMETER CIUniqueID Specify the CI_UniqueID for the application to be translated .EXAMPLE .\ConvertFrom-CMApplicationCIUniqueID.ps1 -SiteServer CM01 -CIUniqueID "Application_f7cdd400-ed5a-473b-a1ce-d3a0cc6643d2" -Verbose Converts the CI Unique ID (part of) 'Application_f7cdd400-ed5a-473b-a1ce-d3a0cc6643d2' on a Primary Site server called 'CM01': .NOTES Script name: ConvertFrom-CMApplicationCIUniqueID.ps1 Author: Nickolaj Andersen Contact: @NickolajA DateCreated: 2015-02-10 #>
    [parameter(Mandatory=$true, HelpMessage="Site server where the SMS Provider is installed")]
    [ValidateScript({Test-Connection -ComputerName $_ -Count 1 -Quiet})]
    [parameter(Mandatory=$true, HelpMessage="Specify the CI_UniqueID for the application to be translated")]
Begin {
    # Determine SiteCode from WMI
    try {
        Write-Verbose "Determining SiteCode for Site Server: '$($SiteServer)'"
        $SiteCodeObjects = Get-WmiObject -Namespace "root\SMS" -Class SMS_ProviderLocation -ComputerName $SiteServer -ErrorAction Stop
        foreach ($SiteCodeObject in $SiteCodeObjects) {
            if ($SiteCodeObject.ProviderForLocalSite -eq $true) {
                $SiteCode = $SiteCodeObject.SiteCode
                Write-Debug "SiteCode: $($SiteCode)"
    catch [Exception] {
        Throw "Unable to determine SiteCode"
Process {
    $ResultsList = New-Object -TypeName System.Collections.ArrayList
    foreach ($ID in $CIUniqueID) {
        Write-Verbose -Message "Query: SELECT * FROM SMS_ApplicationLatest WHERE CI_UniqueID like '%$($ID)%'"
        $Application = Get-WmiObject -Namespace "root\SMS\site_$($SiteCode)" -Class "SMS_ApplicationLatest" -ComputerName $SiteServer -Filter "CI_UniqueID like '%$($ID)%'"
        if ($Application -ne $null) {
            $PSObject = [PSCustomObject]@{
                DisplayName = $Application.LocalizedDisplayName
                Version = $Application.SoftwareVersion
                CI_UniqueID = $Application.CI_UniqueID
            $ResultsList.Add($PSObject) | Out-Null
        else {
            Write-Verbose -Message "Unable to find an application matching the CI_UniqueID with '$($ID)'"
    Write-Output $ResultsList
Nickolaj Andersen
Principal Consultant and Enterprise Mobility MVP. Nickolaj has been in the IT industry for the past 10 years specializing in Enterprise Mobility and Security, Windows deployments and Automation. In 2015 Nickolaj was awarded as PowerShell Hero by the community for his script and tools contributions. Author of ConfigMgr Prerequisites Tool, ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd, ConfigMgr WebService and a frequent speaker at user groups.


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