How to capture a response from a ping on a Linux box in a Powershell script

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          I want to ping a Linux box from a Win2K3 server. Based on the information returned, If the reply includes TTL=254 then the box is Linux. Then I can connect to the Linux box and execute the local script.
How do I capture this in code in a Powershell script? I will be using Putty or Plink to issue the command.

Thanks, Missymadi
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wls3Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I might be oversimplifying this:

foreach($IP in $IPList)
{
  $pingresults = ping $IP
  if($pingresults -match "TTL=256") 
  {
    Start-Process -FilePath C:\Wherever\Putty\Is\Putty.exe -Argumentlist "Don't be too argumentative"
  }
}

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SuperdaveCommented:
You could use the free open-source nmap (http://nmap.org/) to do the ping fingerprinting (I don't think you can do it with the standard Windows ping command).  It runs on Windows and Unix and can be run both as a GUI and from the command line.
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