Use PowerShell to display network statistics over time

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 5 March 2014 / Last Updated on 5 March 2014]

A tip on how to use PowerShell to view network statistics over time

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use PowerShell to display network statistics over time.

Question: How can you use Windows PowerShell to display network statics over time for your review?

Answer: Create an array and then pipe the commands to the Foreach-Object cmdlet (% is an alias). Call the Get-NetAdapterStatistics inside the loop, and pipe the results to the Out-GridView cmdlet (ogv is an alias). Control the amount of time between captures by changing the value of the sleep command. The command appears here:

1..2 | % {Get-NetAdapterStatistics -Name *external* | select ReceivedBytes, SentBytes; sleep 5} | ogv

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com.

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

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