Write a PS script to check system status.


I need assistance to write a powershell command to read a txt/csv file looks like the following:


and ping the IP of each system and return if they are alive:

systemA     alive
systemB     alive
systemC     not pingable......

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Phil DavidsonCommented:
You could create a file like this named tester.ps1:

$Computers = Get-Content C:\list.txt

Test-Connection $Computers | Out-File C:\testResults.csv

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I think this will do what you want.
nav2567Author Commented:

But I do not see the above PS tests the IP address(es) instead of the computer names.
Phil DavidsonCommented:
Try this:

$Computers = (Get-Content C:\list.txt)[1]

Test-Connection $Computers | Out-File C:\testResults.csv

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Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
Try this: See attached file for the format. Fill in first and second columns and leave third column blank.

# Author: Raheman Mohammed Abdul

# Import .CSV file with the following format

$file = Import-Csv C:\temp\SystemIP.csv
$file | % { $IP=$($_.IP) ; $_.status = if((Get-WmiObject win32_Pingstatus -Filter "Address='$IP'").statusCode -eq 0) { "Alive" } else { "Not Pingable" } }
$file | export-csv c:\temp\systemip.csv -Force -NoTypeInformation

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Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
My script revised, see above
nav2567Author Commented:
Raheman, when I run your script, the result file has everything in one column:


Phil, your script returns error
Bob LearnedCommented:
I came up with this simple example, that may or may not meet your requirements:

1) Converted to CSV file with valid IP addresses, so I could use Import-Csv



2) Script:

$ComputerList = Import-Csv C:\temp\SystemIP.txt

Write-Host "Computers:"

Foreach ($Computer in $ComputerList)
     Write-Host $Computer.Name
     Test-Connection $Computer.IP
nav2567Author Commented:
I am getting this error

Test-Connection : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'ComputerName'. The arg
ument is null or empty. Supply an argument that is not null or empty and then t
ry the command again.
At C:\ed\pingcheck\pingcheck.ps1:8 char:22
+       Test-Connection <<<<  $Computer.IP
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Test-Connection], ParameterBin
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Microsoft.Power
Bob LearnedCommented:
1) When did you get that error?

2) What version of Powershell are you using?

I am using 4.0 with Windows 8.1

You can check version with the $PSVersionTable.PSVersion command.
nav2567Author Commented:
I am using a Windows 2008 server.
Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
Rename the file to SystemIP.csv
Bob LearnedCommented:
I didn't have any error with the code that I created, but I have a later version of PowerShell.  Did you check the version?  It might be the fact that a lower version of PowerShell would expect the file name to be .csv as explained.

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nav2567Author Commented:
Thanks, everyone.
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