Confirming and Waiting for a Server Reboot

Problem: you RDP into one of your servers, install Windows Updates, and reboot. But you don’t know a) that the server successfully shut down, and b) when the server comes back up.

Solution: ping -t <servername>

Admittedly, this is a pretty trivial issue because you can just keep trying to initiate a Remote Desktop (RDP) connection, but a quick trick I use is “ping -t”, which repeatedly pings a machine and displays the response time.

Here’s a ping of “wciapps01”. When the machine finally reboots and comes back up is instantly visible – no more guesswork:

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