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I have one desktop PC running windows 7 + powershell.

I have a mixture of windows 2003 and 2008 servers.

I would like to write a script which logs into each one and report back the uptime of each and then export to csv file.

My question is if it is mandatory to have powershell installed on the windows 2003 or windows 2008 servers? What technology will be used by my windows 7 machine to communicate with the servers?
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi,

Powershell is a nice util for this, yes it is mandatory to have it installed on your servers.
This is what the scripting guys say about server uptime.
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SreRaj earned 500 total points
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Hi,

Please try the following script. It takes input from a text file, ServerList.txt. This file should contain a server name in each line. Output will be stored in a csv file UpTimeReport.csv.

$ServerList = Get-Content ServerList.txt
$DataOutput = $Null
Set-Content UpTimeReport.csv $Null
$Header = "Server Name,Uptime"
Out-File UpTimeReport.csv -InputObject $Header -Encoding ASCII -Force
ForEach($Server in $ServerList){
    If(Test-Connection -ComputerName $Server -Count 4 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue){
        $WMIServer = gwmi Win32_OperatingSystem -ComputerName $Server
        $LastBootTime = $WMIServer.ConvertToDateTime($WMIServer.LastBootUpTime)  
        [TimeSpan]$UpTime = New-TimeSpan $LastBootTime $(Get-Date)
        $DataOutput = '"'+$Server+'","'+"$($UpTime.Days) Days, $($UpTime.Hours) Hours and $($UpTime.Minutes) Minutes"+'"'
        Out-File UpTimeReport.csv -InputObject $DataOutput -Append -Encoding ASCII -Force
        $DataOutput
    }
    else{
        $DataOutput = '"'+$Server+'","Server not reachable"'
        Out-File UpTimeReport.csv -InputObject $DataOutput -Append -Encoding ASCII -Force
    }
}

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by:Qlemo
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As you can see from the script, it is NOT mandatory to have PowerShell installed on the servers. But it is advisable.
Some cmdlets have remoting capabilities different from PowerShell - WMI is one example. It only requires to have the WMI services running on the target, which they do by default.

Only if you want to remote control, execute complex scripts remotely and the like you will have to have PS installed.
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by:Ikky786
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Of course it doesn't have to be wmi , I wasn't aware powershell had its own cmdlets to download and scan windows updates
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by:Qlemo
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PS hasn't them build in, but one of the great features is that you can load modules at your need to extend capabilities ....
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