Launching a Remote Console, the Smart Way

Today, I kind of stumbled across a way of connecting to a remote host quite a bit more sophisticated. Basically, the difference is that it will check to see if the connection was successful or not.

This still works off the basic premise of opening a new PowerShell process and using the -ArgumentList parameter to instantly connect to a remote system. This is the command I use (THIS IS JUST FOR CLEARER EXPLANATION, USE THE ONE-LINER BELOW):

Start-Process PowerShell -ArgumentList "-noexit -command Clear-Host; 
    try{ 
        Enter-PSSession -ComputerName $COMPUTERNAMEHERE -ErrorAction Stop; 
        Write-Host 'You should now be connected to the remote host, check below...' -ForeGroundColor Green 
    
    }catch{
        Write-Host 'Could not perform action - most likely that access is denied for the invoke' -ForeGroundColor Red 
    
    } 
"

Or as a one-liner:

Start-Process PowerShell -ArgumentList "-noexit -command Clear-Host; try{ Enter-PSSession -ComputerName $COMPUTERNAMEHERE -ErrorAction Stop; Write-Host 'You should now be connected to the remote host, check below...' -ForeGroundColor Green }catch{Write-Host 'Could not perform action - most likely that access is denied for the invoke' -ForeGroundColor Red } "

This is what the command does

  • Starts a new powershell console
  • clears the host
  • tries to the connection
  • writes output to console

Enjoy!


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