Tuesday, June 1, 2010
TCPing: Add it to your toolbelt
Most notably, it adds the ability to "ping" a specific port on a host to check whether or not it is open for business. There are many situations where you could use something like this, such as making sure a service is up and running when you expect it to be. However, my favorite use of this tool is when I'm waiting for a host to reboot and I want to RDP into it. There have been so many times, before I had this utility, that I would let ping run until there was a response, and then I would open my RDP client and periodically try and connect until I got through.
Well, now with tcping, I can run a command like "tcping -t hostname 3389" and just sit back and wait for the port to be open, at which time I know I'm good to go.
I know this is not a major discovery, or anything new, but it's the little things that count, right?
If you would like to download this utility, you can get it from here.
Posted by Matt Augustine at 10:20 AM