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alternative to telnet

I'm looking for an alternative to using telnet to test the ability to reach a server on a specific port.

typically, I'll start with confirming if I can reach a server with a ping and then do a telnet as:

telnet server-name port#

Is there something better that's about as straightforward (perhaps more verbose with messages)?

BTW, I'm testing from Windows to Windows.
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Also nmap can be useful.
If you want to test for being prone to vulnerabilities look at tools like metasploit.