Getting DNS IP Address from Host Name

by Jan 28, 2014

There is a tiny .NET function called GetHostByName() that is vastly useful. It will look up a host name and return its current IP address:


With just a simple PowerShell wrapper, this is turned into a great little function that is extremely versatile:

function Get-IPAddress
    [Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true)]
  { $Name | ForEach-Object { try { [System.Net.DNS]::GetHostByName($_) } catch { } }}

You can now run the function as-is (to get your own IP address). You can submit one or more computer names (comma separated). You can even pipe in data from Get-ADComputer or Get-QADComputer.

Get-IPAddress -Name TobiasAir1
Get-IPAddress -Name TobiasAir1, Server12, Storage1
'TobiasAir1', 'Server12', 'Storage1' | Get-IPAddress
Get-QADComputer | Get-IPAddress
Get-ADComputer -Filter * | Get-IPAddress 

This is possible because the function has both a pipeline binding and an argument serializer.

The -Name argument is fed to ForEach-Object, so no matter how many computer names a user specifies, they all get processed.

The -Name parameter accepts value from the pipeline both by property and as a value. So you can feed in any object that has a "Name" property, but you can also feed in any list of plain strings.

Note that the function has a very simple error handler. If you submit a computer name that cannot be resolved, nothing happens. Add code to the catch block if you want an error message instead.

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