Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks

Jan 31 2011   3:21PM GMT

Continuously ping a host until it’s back up.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I find myself doing server installs and remote reboots a hundred times a day. How do you tell when your remote hosts are back up? I run a Ping command with a -a switch to continuously ping the host. When the host is back up you will start to see replies from the host.

This is a huge time saver than randomly pingging the host. The full command is:

ping <IP ADDRESS> -a


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