VBScript: Output Snippet

This function can be found on Microsoft.com somewhere. I remember once finding some nslookup function where the author wrote the output of nslookup to a file on the hard drive, parsed it then forgot to delete it. I used that script and after a few years, I found that directory full of thousands of text files. Anyway, using StdOut.ReadAll would have been much more efficient. Here’s a snippet I’ve used over and over:

Function PingHost(strComputer)
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objExec = objShell.Exec("ping -n 2 -w 1000 " & strComputer)
strPingResults = LCase(objExec.StdOut.ReadAll)
If InStr(strPingResults, "reply from") Then
  PingHost = True
  PingHost = False
End If
Set objExec = Nothing
Set objShell = Nothing
End Function

For the record, a better way to find out if a machine is pingable is by using WMI and the machine’s fully qualified domain name (if you use the netbios name, there is a delay if the host doesn’t exist..but DNS reports back immediately)

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\.\root\cimv2")
strComputer =  "myServer.myDomain.net"
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_PingStatus Where Address = '" & strComputer & "'")
          For Each objItem in colItems
              If objItem.StatusCode = 0 Then 'The Computer is Pingable
              msgbox "Woot"
              End if
Set objWMIService = Nothing

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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