Powershell -whatif question

I am trying to force logoff remote computers via a powershell script.  I would like to use the -whatif to make sure it is doing what I want but don't know hoe to implement it.
My powershell contains:
foreach ($_ in get-content servers.txt) {(gwmi win32_operatingsystem -ComputerName $_).Win32Shutdown(4)}
How  can it use the -whatif condition with this stafement?

Thanks for any help.

Art W.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
You can't use -WhatIf with WMI directly, so you have to implement it yourself. But that can get quite complex, if done correctly.
And please don't use $_ as a foreach variable - it is a predefined var standing for "the current object" in a loop.

How do you want the command to be used? In a script without defining functions (your own "cmdlets")? If so, we would have to allow for a commandline parameter for the script, for example:
$whatif = $args[0] -eq '-whatif'
Get-Content Servers.txt | % {
  $OS = gwmi Win32_OperatingSystem -Computername $_
  if ($whatif) {
    write-host "WhatIf: Shutting down $_"
  } else {

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You would call the script with e.g.
 .\remoteshutdown.ps1 -whatif
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
from powershell get-help stop-computer -examples
$s = get-content servers.txt
$c = get-credential domain01\admin01  ## needs a domain Admin credential
stop-computer -computername $s -force -throttlelimit 10 -credential $c -WhatIf

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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
If you want to know how to do it correctly, which allows inheritance to other cmdlets:
Get-Content Servers.txt | % {
  $OS = gwmi Win32_OperatingSystem -Computername $_
  if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess([String] 'Win32_OperatingSystem', [String] "Shutting down $_")) {

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The call would be the same.

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ajwellmanAuthor Commented:
This worked great.  Since I wanted to force a logoff rather than a reboot, I couldn't find a cmdlet to do that.
Thank you all who responded.  It is a great help.
Art W
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