A little while back the Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, blogged about creating a simple web page with server uptime. It was an interesting use of some of the Powershell capabilities and the output was pretty good, if a little uninspiring–not his fault I might add, more a limitation of the Powershell tools he was trying to use. I didn’t do anything about the script at the time, but it always intrigued me. Then the other day a very similar request came across on Spiceworks. At first I just gave the guy the same link I put above, but now the bug was in my ear and I decided to write something up.
For the past two years I’ve been working, on and off, on a way to easily monitor my DFS replication tree. I just want to make sure backlogs aren’t getting stuck and so forth. The Microsoft tools are pretty unwieldy for this, by the way. This sent me on the journey into DFS and how it works and how I can better monitor it. Read on to see how it went!