Test PowerShell Remoting Cmdlet

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To test PowerShell remoting, introduced in PowerShell version 2, you can use the method described in Lee Holmes' article here. For large-scale testing of remoting against possibly thousands of computers in an enterprise, I use the same method, wrapped in a script that uses runspaces for concurrency. The runspace model was borrowed from Zachary Loeber (thanks to both).

Should work with PowerShell versions 2 and up (tested with: 2, 3, 4).

The end result should be a pretty awesome enterprise PowerShell remoting test tool. I have used it against close to 4000 servers in one go, and it performed admirably. It should process a few hundred servers (100-500?) per minute normally. Beware of periodically potentially high CPU usage on the server that runs the script - multiple cores recommended.

I thought about enforcing order of properties, but it's just three simple properties, so I might put it off for a good while. The properties returned are ComputerName (string), Success ($true if it worked, $null on error, should have made it a bool), and Error (string). Happy Select-Objecting for output order.

Here it is running in my lab environment:



Earlier versions (if any): File:Test-PSRemoting.ps1.txt


Process the results. You need PowerShell v3 or up to use -WarningVariable.


Look at everything in Out-GridView (ogv):



ComputerName Target computers.
PromptForCredentials Prompt for alternate credentials (also see -Credential)
Credential Supply a PSCredential object with alternate credentials.
ThrottleLimit Number of concurrent runspaces.
HideProgress Do not display progress bar using Write-Progress.
Timeout Individual runspace timeout in seconds. Default: 30.
Quiet Do not display end summary with start and end time using Write-Host.


Check remote target computers for PowerShell remoting capabilities.
Uses runspaces for concurrency.

Copyright (C) 2015, Svendsen Tech
All rights reserved.
Author: Joakim Borger Svendsen

.\Test-PSRemoting.ps1 -ComputerName $Servers -Credential $mycred
.\Test-PSRemoting.ps1 -ComputerName $Servers | Format-Table -AutoSize
$Results = .\Test-PSRemoting.ps1 -ComputerName $Servers

    # Target computer names.
               Mandatory=$true)][Alias('Cn', 'Hostname', 'PSComputerName')]
        [string[]] $ComputerName,
        # Prompt for credentials to be used when connecting.
        [switch] $PromptForCredentials,
        # Supply PSCredentials object to be used when connecting.
        [System.Management.Automation.Credential()] $Credential = [System.Management.Automation.PSCredential]::Empty,
        # Number of simultaneously running threads.
        [int] $ThrottleLimit = 32,
        # Do not display progress using Write-Progress.
        [switch] $HideProgress,
        # Timeout in seconds.
        [int] $Timeout = 30,
        # Don't display end summary showing start and end time using Write-Host.
        [switch] $Quiet

begin {
    $MyEAP = 'Stop'
    $ErrorActionPreference = $MyEAP
    $StartTime = Get-Date
    if ($PromptForCredentials) {
        $Credential = Get-Credential
    $RunspaceTimers = [HashTable]::Synchronized(@{})
    $Runspaces = New-Object -TypeName System.Collections.ArrayList
    $RunspaceCounter = 0
    Write-Verbose -Message 'Creating initial session state.'
    $ISS = [System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.InitialSessionState]::CreateDefault()
    $ISS.Variables.Add((New-Object -TypeName System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.SessionStateVariableEntry -ArgumentList 'RunspaceTimers', (Get-Variable -Name 'RunspaceTimers' -ValueOnly), ''))
    Write-Verbose -Message 'Creating runspace pool.'
    $RunspacePool = [System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.RunspaceFactory]::CreateRunspacePool(1, $ThrottleLimit, $ISS, $Host)
    $RunspacePool.ApartmentState = 'STA'
    # This is the script block that is run for each computer.
    $ScriptBlock = {
            [string] $Computer,
            [int] $ID,
        # Get the start time.
        $RunspaceTimers.$ID = Get-Date
        # The objects returned here are passed to the host...
        if (-not (Test-Connection $Computer -Count 1 -Quiet)) {
            New-Object psobject -Property @{
                ComputerName = $Computer
                Success = $null
                Error   = 'No ping reply'
        $IcmHash = @{
            ErrorAction = 'Stop'
            ComputerName = $Computer
            ScriptBlock = { 'It works' }
        if ($Credential.Username -ne $null) {
            $IcmHash.Credential = $Credential
        try {
            $Result = Invoke-Command @IcmHash
        catch {
            New-Object psobject -Property @{
                ComputerName = $Computer
                Success = $null
                Error = $_
        # Check if results are as expected.
        if ($Result -ne 'It works') {
            New-Object psobject -Property @{
                ComputerName = $Computer
                Success = $null
                Error = 'Unknown error'
        # Everything went well, return success object.
        New-Object psobject -Property @{
            ComputerName = $Computer
            Success = $true
            Error = $null
    } # end of script block
    function Get-PSRemotingResult {
        param( [switch]$Wait )
            $More = $false
            foreach ($Runspace in $Runspaces) {
                $StartTime = $RunspaceTimers[$Runspace.ID]
                if ($Runspace.Handle.IsCompleted)
                    Write-Verbose -Message ('Thread done for {0}' -f $Runspace.IObject)
                    $Runspace.PowerShell = $null
                    $Runspace.Handle = $null
                elseif ($Runspace.Handle -ne $null) {
                    $More = $true
                if ($Timeout -and $StartTime) {
                    if ((New-TimeSpan -Start $StartTime).TotalSeconds -ge $Timeout -and $Runspace.PowerShell) {
                        Write-Warning -Message ('Timeout {0}' -f $Runspace.IObject)
                        $Runspace.PowerShell = $null
                        $Runspace.Handle = $null
            if ($More -and $PSBoundParameters['Wait']) {
                Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 100
            foreach ($Thread in $Runspaces.Clone()) {
                if (-not $Thread.Handle) {
                    Write-Verbose -Message ('Removing {0} from runspaces' -f $Thread.IObject)
            if (-not $HideProgress) {
                $ProgressSplatting = @{
                    Activity = 'Testing PSRemoting capabilities'
                    Status = 'Processing: {0} of {1} total threads done' -f ($RunspaceCounter - $Runspaces.Count), $RunspaceCounter
                    PercentComplete = ($RunspaceCounter - $Runspaces.Count) / $RunspaceCounter * 100
                Write-Progress @ProgressSplatting
        while ($More -and $PSBoundParameters['Wait'])
    } # end of Get-PSRemotingResult
} # end of begin block

process {
    foreach ($Computer in $ComputerName) {
        $psCMD = [System.Management.Automation.PowerShell]::Create().AddScript($ScriptBlock)
        [void] $psCMD.AddParameter('ID', $RunspaceCounter)
        [void] $psCMD.AddParameter('Computer', $Computer)
        [void] $psCMD.AddParameter('Credential', $Credential)
        [void] $psCMD.AddParameter('Verbose', $VerbosePreference)
        $psCMD.RunspacePool = $RunspacePool
        Write-Verbose -Message "Testing PSRemoting capabilities: Checking $Computer"
            Handle = $psCMD.BeginInvoke()
            PowerShell = $psCMD
            IObject = $Computer
            ID = $RunspaceCounter

end {
    Get-PSRemotingResult -Wait
    if (-not $HideProgress) {
        Write-Progress -Activity 'Testing PSRemoting capabilities' -Status 'Done' -Completed
    Write-Verbose -Message 'Closing runspace pool.'
    if (-not $Quiet) {
        Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green ('Start time: ' + $StartTime)
        Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green ('End time:   ' + (Get-Date))