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Add servers to server manager powershell

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Hi Experts,

can someone help understand how i would add multiple servers?  The below article describes how to add a single server to server manager using PS

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/keithmayer/2013/08/06/step-by-step-using-powershell-to-add-servers-to-server-manager-in-windows-server-2012/
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Just rerun the command for each server you want to add.  Or write a for-loop (Powershell supports this) and feed it a list of machines...from a text file...hand entered, etc...
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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Try this
<#
.Synopsis
Short description
.DESCRIPTION
Add Servers to Server Manager in Windows Server 2012
.EXAMPLE
add-server c:\serverlist.txt
.NOTES
General notes
.FUNCTIONALITY
The functionality that best describes this cmdlet
#>
function Add-ToServerManager
{
[CmdletBinding()]
Param
(
# Servernames to add to Server Manager
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true,
            ValueFromPipeline=$true,
            ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true,
            Position=0)
            ]
[ValidateNotNull()]
[ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]
[string]$Servername
)
try {
$newserver = @($xml.ServerList.ServerInfo)[0].clone()
$newserver.name = $Servername
$newserver.lastUpdateTime = '0001-01-01T00:00:00'
$newserver.status = '2'
$xml.ServerList.AppendChild($newserver)
$xml.Save($file.FullName)
}
catch {
write-output('Error in Adding server {0} to serverlist xml' -f $Servername)
}
}        

Function Add-Server
{
[CmdletBinding()]
Param
(
# Path to text file that has list of Server Names
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true,
            ValueFromPipeline=$true,
            ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true,
            Position=0)
            ]
[ValidateNotNull()]
[ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]
[string]$serverlist
)


if (!(test-path $serverlist)){
   write-output ('{0} does not exist' -f $serverlist)
   }
else {
    $servers = get-content -path $serverlist
    get-process ServerManager | stop-process –force
    $file = get-item “$env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\ ServerManager\ServerList.xml”
    copy-item –path $file –destination $file-backup –force
    foreach($server in $servers){ add-toservermanager($server)}
    $xml.Save($file.FullName)
    start-process –filepath $env:SystemRoot\System32\ServerManager.exe –WindowStyle Maximized
    }
}

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pointed in me in right direction
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