PowerShell : Fancy Test-Connection


I say –  Let’s go all Microsoft ! 😀

Microsoft has enabled us to create our own Applications and Functionalities using Powershell, Moreover it made all our IT experiences manageable from a centralized console.

So idea of using a third party tool sounds a bit old fashioned 😛 to me , Lets make this Blog post a Good Bye to the Tools available over internet to Ping multiple computers in a ‘FANCY‘ manner and make   – ‘One of Our Own’ .

IDEA : 

Tweak the Test-Connection cmdlet available in powershell and make it Presentable with extended functionalities such as ColorsHost Status, Success and Failure Percentage, Number of ICMP Attempts.

HOW IT WORKS :

STEP 1 :  Create a function that accepts Values as an Parameter, just like other Cmdlets.

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STEP 2 :  Initialize Array objects that would be used for the Calculation depending upon ICMP response.

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STEP 3 :  Run an infinite loop and output the Header row on the screen

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STEP 4 :  Now Pass each Hostname to the ForEach Block to test the Connectivity, Calculate and Display the coloured Output depending upon the ping response.

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Please note, Quiet switch with Test-Connection only gives $true and $false values depending upon the Ping response.

Test-Connection $_  -Count 1 -Quiet

STEP 5 :  At the end please Pause the script execution for few seconds, so that screen doesn’t gets refreshed with the new values very quickly and are easy on eyes 🙂

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HOW TO RUN IT : 

Compile the function once and then you can run this Ping-Host utility in many ways, like in the screenshot below.

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OUTPUT : 

Post executing the script you will get coloured output depending upon the ping response you receive from the host.

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Click on below link highlighted in GREEN to Auto-Download the complete Powershell script

COMPLETE SCRIPT : Ping-Host

Hopefully this script comes handy to you and useful in maintenance and other troubleshooting purposes.

Happy Reading Folks 🙂

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