The modern version of ping: Test-Connection

Test-Connection is a very powerful PowerShell Cmdlet which sends ICMP Packets to test the reachability of a host. Like ping. But Test-Connection is much more. Let’s play with the new ping command.

Ping multiple Hosts

Unlike ping you can test the connection to multiple hosts. Separate them by comma.

Test-Connection www.sid-500.com,


Shut Up Mode

The world is loud enough 😉 The following example shows how to run Test-Connection in Quiet Mode which results in suppressing details.

Test-Connection sid-500.com, -Quiet


True oder False. In this case both hosts are reachable.

Different Sources

When using ping the source is always localhost. But the good news is: You can specify a Source Computer.

Note, that i am logged on server03 as a member of the Domain-Admins group. I set the source to dc01 and ping server03. Reverse Ping 😉

Test-Connection -Source dc01 -Destination server03


By the way: ::1 is the IPv6 localhost address same as in IPv4.

Further Information

Test-Connection tests the connectivity to a remote host. See also my blog post about Test-NetConnection: PowerShell: Playing with Test-NetConnection (ping, tracert, TCP Ports …)

For checking domain connectivity and name resolution see my articles

Checking connectivity to Active Directory: Test-ComputerSecureChannel and

The new nslookup: Resolve-DnsName

18 replies »

  1. Hi Vignesh!
    Unfortunately, I cannot give you an advice. For me, I love automation with PowerShell. It’s a built-in feature on every windows system. Python could be also very interesting.


  2. Hi timbojill,
    Thank you for your comment in power shell.

    I am working as network operations since last 3+ years and recently i was moved to be automations team in company.
    so here is we are using puppet tool for automations and i have no idea about the scripts in shell & python.
    i have doubt about this field due to how this automaition is good compare to my network ops.
    is it good or bad for my career growth?



    • Hi, timbojill!
      Thank you for your comment.
      In PowerShelll, you can use Test-Connection and Test-NetConnection.
      In command prompt, ping ist the only out-of-the box command.


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