Testing for open ports with PowerShell

Want to find out if a TCP port is open via a firewall and/or if something is listening on that port? From within a script? You can use PowerShell.

A colleague found this, which uses System.Net.Sockets.TcpClient from the .NET framework via PowerShell. That would work, but then I found Test-NetConnection.

Test-NetConnection allows testing of TCP ports, and is a built-in cmdlet, which for me is preferable over custom code wherever possible. I’d previously used Test-Connection, which is simpler and just uses ICMP echo requests (aka ping).

I’m using the cmdlet as follows:

if(Test-NetConnection -ComputerName -Port 443 -InformationLevel Quiet){
    # Something is listening on that port, do some stuff
} else {
    # Nothing listening on that port, do something else

Simple as that.

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