Powershell – Get last boot time on remote servers and export results to CSV

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Here’s a script to help you get the last boot time from remote windows servers. If you need to check the uptime of servers or troubleshoot unexpected restarts etc. then this script can be very useful.
The script uses WMI to get the information from the remote servers and then exports the results to a CSV file in the directory where the script was run. I have structured the script in three sections variables, functions and script main. I will go over these sections one by one now.

Variables

#VARIABLES

#$DebugPreference = "continue" #uncomment to get debug info
$scriptpath = $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path
$dir = Split-Path $scriptpath #path to the directory in which the script is run.
$servers = "$dir\Servers.txt" #last boot time will be retrieved on all the servers given in this file.
$CSVPath = "$dir\LastBootTimes.csv" #results will be exported to csv to a file with this path

The object $dir always points to the directory in which the script is run and is used in the paths to files I work with in the script. This makes the script more robust because I can copy the script wherever I want without having to change any paths at all or edit the script.
$servers is the path to “servers.txt” file. You must create this file before you run the script and enter the names (one per line) of the servers you want to get the last boot time from.
$CSVPath is the path to CSV file which will be created when the script is run.

Functions

1. Get-LastBootTime

#FUNCTIONS
function Get-LastBootTime {
	[CmdletBinding()]
	[OutputType([System.String])]
	param(
		[Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true)][System.String[]]$server = $env:COMPUTERNAME
	)
	begin {
		function Test-PortAlive {
			#############################################################################################
			##Function:			Test-PortAlive
			##
			##Description:		Tests connection on a given server on a given port.
			##
			##Created by:		Noam Wajnman
			##Creation Date:	April 02, 2014	
			##############################################################################################
			[CmdletBinding()]
			[OutputType([System.boolean])]
			param(
				[Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true)][System.String[]]$server
			)
			$socket = new-object Net.Sockets.TcpClient
			$connect = $socket.BeginConnect($server, 135, $null, $null) #port set to 135 (RPC)
			$NoTimeOut = $connect.AsyncWaitHandle.WaitOne(500, $false) #timeout value set to 500 ms
			if ($NoTimeOut) {
				$socket.EndConnect($connect) | Out-Null
				return $true				
			}
			else {
				return $false
			}
		}
	}
	process {		
		$BootTime = $null
		$server = $($server).toUpper()	
		$alive = Test-PortAlive -server $server
		if ($alive) {
			Write-Debug "connection to $server is open on port $port"			
			$OSInfo = Get-WmiObject win32_operatingsystem -ComputerName $server #get the info with WMI
			$BootTime = $OSInfo.ConvertToDateTime($OSInfo.LastBootUpTime) #convert to datetime
			$BootTime = '{0:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss}' -f $BootTime #parse time to sortable format
			if ($BootTime) {
				Write-Debug "$server was rebooted last time at:`t$BootTime"					
				$result = "" | select "Server","LastBootTime" #creating a custom object
				$result.Server = $server
				$result.LastBootTime = $BootTime
				$result #return the $result object
			}
			else {
				Write-Debug "couldn't get boot time from server $server"
			}
		}			
		else {
			Write-Debug "Error - connection to $server is not open on port $port"			
		}
	}	
}

the function Get-LastBootTime takes one parameter $server which can also be passed to it via the pipeline.
Pipeline functions usually have three parts “begin”, “process” and “end” (this function only uses “begin” and “process”). In the begin section I have included another function “Test-PortAlive” but I won’t go into details about it as I have covered this in a previous post dedicated to that function. In this script I use it to test if the server is alive and the RPC port 135 is open as this is needed to run the WMI query.
The “process” part of the function is where last boot time information is retrieved using WMI. Basically the function attempts to get the info. If successful then a custom object with the properties “server” and “LastBootTime” is created and returned.

Script Main

#SCRIPT MAIN

clear
$BootTimes = @(gc $servers | Get-LastBootTime) #create and populate array with the last boot times of the given servers.
$BootTimes = $BootTimes | Sort-Object -Property "LastBootTime" #Sort array by last boot time
$BootTimes #Prints the $bootTimes array to the console 
$BootTimes | Export-Csv $CSVPath -NoTypeInformation -Force #Export the results to CSV

In the script main the first thing which happens is to create the array $BootTimes and fill it with the data from Get-LastBootTime function. This is done by running Get-Content on the servers.txt file and then piping the server names to the Get-LastBootTime function.
After this I sort the $BootTimes array by last boot time.
Finally the $BootTimes array is exported to CSV in the script directory.
I have copied in the full script below. I hope you will find it useful.
Enjoy!!

################################################################################################
##Script:			Get-LastBootTime.ps1
##
##Description:		Gets the time of the last boot on the servers given in "servers.txt" and
#+					exports the results to a csv file in the script dir.
##Created by:		Noam Wajnman
##Creation Date:	May 21, 2013
##Updated:			April 02, 2014
################################################################################################
#FUNCTIONS
function Get-LastBootTime {
	[CmdletBinding()]
	[OutputType([System.String])]
	param(
		[Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true)][System.String[]]$server = $env:COMPUTERNAME
	)
	begin {
		function Test-PortAlive {
			#############################################################################################
			##Function:			Test-PortAlive
			##
			##Description:		Tests connection on a given server on a given port.
			##
			##Created by:		Noam Wajnman
			##Creation Date:	April 02, 2014	
			##############################################################################################
			[CmdletBinding()]
			[OutputType([System.boolean])]
			param(
				[Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true)][System.String[]]$server
			)
			$socket = new-object Net.Sockets.TcpClient
			$connect = $socket.BeginConnect($server, 135, $null, $null) #port set to 135 (RPC)
			$NoTimeOut = $connect.AsyncWaitHandle.WaitOne(500, $false) #timeout value set to 500 ms
			if ($NoTimeOut) {
				$socket.EndConnect($connect) | Out-Null
				return $true				
			}
			else {
				return $false
			}
		}
	}
	process {		
		$BootTime = $null
		$server = $($server).toUpper()	
		$alive = Test-PortAlive -server $server
		if ($alive) {
			Write-Debug "connection to $server is open on port $port"			
			$OSInfo = Get-WmiObject win32_operatingsystem -ComputerName $server #get the info with WMI
			$BootTime = $OSInfo.ConvertToDateTime($OSInfo.LastBootUpTime) #convert to datetime
			$BootTime = '{0:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss}' -f $BootTime #parse time to sortable format
			if ($BootTime) {
				Write-Debug "$server was rebooted last time at:`t$BootTime"					
				$result = "" | select "Server","LastBootTime" #creating a custom object
				$result.Server = $server
				$result.LastBootTime = $BootTime
				$result #return the $result object
			}
			else {
				Write-Debug "couldn't get boot time from server $server"
			}
		}			
		else {
			Write-Debug "Error - connection to $server is not open on port $port"			
		}
	}	
}
#VARIABLES
#$DebugPreference = "continue" #uncomment to get debug info
$scriptpath = $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path
$dir = Split-Path $scriptpath #path to the directory in which the script is run.
$servers = "$dir\Servers.txt" #last boot time will be retrieved on all the servers given in this file.
$CSVPath = "$dir\LastBootTimes.csv" #results will be exported to csv to a file with this path
#SCRIPT MAIN
clear
$BootTimes = @(gc $servers | Get-LastBootTime) #create and populate array with the last boot times of the given servers.
$BootTimes = $BootTimes | Sort-Object -Property "LastBootTime" #Sort array by last boot time
$BootTimes #Prints the $bootTimes array to the console 
$BootTimes | Export-Csv $CSVPath -NoTypeInformation -Force #Export the results to CSV

Powershell – Test TCP ports on remote servers

Standard

From time to time it is necessary to check if specific TCP ports are open on remote servers. If you have many servers to check it can be a hassle to use telnet or other tools and check each server one by one. It is also often useful in other scripts to test if a remote server/port is alive before running code on them. To accomplish this I have written this little function.

function Test-PortAlive {
	#############################################################################################
	##Function:			Test-PortAlive
	##
	##Description:		Tests connection on a given server on a given port.
	##
	##Created by:		Noam Wajnman
	##Creation Date:	April 02, 2014	
	##############################################################################################
	[CmdletBinding()]
	[OutputType([System.boolean])]
	param(
		[Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true)][System.String[]]$server,
		[int]$port
	)
	$socket = new-object Net.Sockets.TcpClient
	$connect = $socket.BeginConnect($server, $port, $null, $null)
	$NoTimeOut = $connect.AsyncWaitHandle.WaitOne(500, $false)
	if ($NoTimeOut) {
		$socket.EndConnect($connect) | Out-Null
		return $true				
	}
	else {
		return $false
	}
}

The function takes two parameters $server and $port. $server is the name of the remote server to test and $port is the number of the TCP port to check the status of. The $server parameter can even be passed via the pipeline making it very easy to run. The function returns either $true or $false depending on whether the port is open or not. To avoid long wait times due to closed ports I have included a relatively short timeout value of 500 ms before the result is determined.
I have included a few examples below of how to call the function.
1. Normal

 
Test-PortAlive -port 135 "some_server" 

Here I just run the function as normal and pass both params. I chose port 135 in this example but it could be any port.
2. Pipeline

 
$Array_of_Server_Names | Test-PortAlive -port 135

In this example I am using an array to pass the server names to the function via the pipeline. I again chose port 135 in this example.

That’s it. I hope you find this function useful. Enjoy!!