Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Change DNS/WINS IP on Multiple Servers

I was recently asked if I could change the DNS & WINS IP address on multiple servers via script. PowerShell to the rescue! After a brief search, I found a great post. Following is my implementation.

function Set-DNSWINS {
#Get NICS via WMI
$NICs = Get-WmiObject '
-Class Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration '
-ComputerName $_ '
-Filter "IPEnabled=TRUE"

foreach($NIC in $NICs) {
$DNSServers = "",""
$NIC.SetWINSServer("12.345.67.890", "12.345.67.891")

function Get-FileName {
$computer = Read-Host "Filename of computer names?"
return $computer

$f = Get-FileName
Get-Content $f foreach {Set-DNSWINS}

Gotta love PowerShell!


Virtu-Al said...

Brilliant script, will save loads of time !

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AlbertWT said...


I wonder if there is a script which change the current static DNS setting in All my Windows XP into Dynamic ?

so far I was able to use the following script:

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colNetAdapters = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration where IPEnabled=TRUE")
For Each objNetAdapter In colNetAdapters
errEnable = objNetAdapter.EnableDHCP()
If errEnable = 0 Then
Wscript.Echo "DHCP has been enabled."
Wscript.Echo "DHCP could not be enabled."
End If

which convert the Static IP into DHCP from VBScript.

Any idea please ?

Darrin Henshaw said...

I know this is an old post, but someone took this script and ran into an issue. Posted it on The line:

Get-Content $f foreach {Set-DNSWINS}

I think it should be:

Get-Content $f | foreach {Set-DNSWINS}

Missing the pipe character between Get-Content and foreach.

Eric said...

everytime I run this, I get the following error:

Missing expression after unary operator '-'.
At C:\Test\wins-dns.ps1:6 char:2
+ - <<<< ComputerName $_ '

Can anyone tell me why? I am running it exactly as posted and with the change suggested from the previous poster.


Wes Stahler said...

Eric - the editor I was using at the time was not very friendly. Check to make sure that the line continuation characters are "`" instead of "'". Once I replaced those 3 instances, it worked fine.

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Steve Blair said...

Hi, I am getting the following error when I run the script on a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine.
It also comes with a prompt
Get-Content : Cannot bind argument to parameter 'Path' because it is an empty string.
At C:\Temp\DNS_Master_File.ps1:18 char:12
+ Get-Content <<<< $f | foreach {Set-DNSWINS}
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (:) [Get-Content], ParameterBindingValidationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationErrorEmptyStringNotAllowed,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetC

Steve Blair said...

Hi, I forgot to say I have taken out the line $NIC.SetWINSServer(“12.345.67.890″, “12.345.67.891″)

as we dont use WINS servers.

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