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Hi, I've just started scripting again, since my stroke and just needed some help with a simple powershell script. All I wanted is a list of servers I can connect to ($true) to be made available further down the script for me to use. What's the best way to get a list of names of the servers I can connect to?

$A = get-exchangeserver |? {$_.IsE14OrLater -eq $True -and $_.IsClientAccessServer}
$B = $a | ForEach-Object {$_.name}
 
foreach ($CasSvr in $b) {
                              # New PS snap-in
                              $TestCon = Test-Connection -ComputerName "$CasSvr" -Quiet
                              IF ($TestCon -eq $True) {
                                          Write-Host "Test Server connection to" $CasSvr is ok -ForegroundColor White
                                          } ELSE {
                                                Write-Host "Test Server connection to" $CasSvr has failed -ForegroundColor DarkRed
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Question by:patelbg2001
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Just collect them in an array; the following should collect the complete Exchangeserver objects (not only the names) in the array $ExchangeServersAlive:
$ExchangeServers = get-exchangeserver |? {$_.IsE14OrLater -eq $True -and $_.IsClientAccessServer}
$ExchangeServersAlive = @()
foreach ($CasSvr in $ExchangeServers) {
	IF (Test-Connection -ComputerName $CasSvr.Name -Quiet) {
		Write-Host "Test Server connection to $($CasSvr.Name) is ok" -ForegroundColor White
		$ExchangeServersAlive += $CasSvr
	} ELSE {
		Write-Host "Test Server connection to $($CasSvr) has failed" -ForegroundColor DarkRed
	}
}
$ExchangeServersAlive | % {Write-Host $_.Name -ForegroundColor Green}

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by:Qlemo
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Please either use
  ? {$_.IsE14OrLater -and $_.IsClientAccessServer}
or
  ? {$_.IsE14OrLater -eq $True -and $_.IsClientAccessServer -eq $True}
to be consistent in your conditions.

In oBdA's code I would only use either line 5 or line 11. Both seems a bit exaggerated, though one shows the progress, the other the result ...

Further improvements are to restrict the time to wait and the number of pings sent with Test-Connection by replacing line 4 with:
 IF (Test-Connection -ComputerName $CasSvr.Name -Count 1 -TTL 5 -Quiet) {
to wait no more than 5 seconds for a reply.

Even faster is to let do Test-Connection the lion's share of work, by stuffing in an array of computer names to contact, and evaluate the result.
$ExchangeServers = get-exchangeserver |? {$_.IsE14OrLater -and $_.IsClientAccessServer}
$ExchangeServersAlive = Test-Connection ($ExchangeServers | Select -Expand Name) -Count 1 -TTL 5 -EA SilentlyContinue | Select -Expand Address
Write-Host $($ExchangeServersAlive -join "`n") -ForegroundColor Green

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