Verify Ethernet Connectivity in Task Sequence

In some scenarios you might want to verify that the computer running the TS in question is connected to cabled network and not Wi-Fi. The script I have written for this purpose sets a TS variable called “ContinueTS” to True or False based on what the end-user choose to do when confronted with a messagebox.

So lets take a look at the script. First we set the variable to True and check the status of the ethernet connection using the Get-NetAdapter cmdlet.

$ContinueTS = "True"
$EthernetConnection = Get-NetAdapter -Physical | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq "Ethernet" -and $_.Status -eq "Up"}

If the cable is not connected, this query will give nothing back. In other words the $EthernetConnection variable will have a $null value. In this case the script continues from the next line:

if ($EthernetConnection -eq $null)
$TSProgressUI = New-Object -COMObject Microsoft.SMS.TSProgressUI
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName('System.Windows.Forms') | Out-Null
$OutPut = "OK"

First we hide the TS progress to make way for the messagebox to be created later. Then we load the [System.Windows.Forms] .Net class to allow us to work with messageboxes and pipe this to Out-Null as we do not care about the output of the command.  Lastly we set the $OutPut variable to be used later.

Next we create a loop:

do {
$OutPut = [System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox]::Show("Please Connect Ethernet Cable" ,"Network Status" ,1)
$EthernetConnection = Get-NetAdapter -Physical | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq "Ethernet" -and $_.Status -eq "Up"}
} while ($EthernetConnection -eq $null -and $OutPut -eq "OK")

This do-loop will loop as long as the $EthernetConnection Variable equals $null and the end-user presses “OK” in the messagebox created at the first line. The number 1 at the end of the first line in the loop, creates a “OK/Cancel” messagebox. If a cable is connected and the OK button is pressed, the script skips to the final portion, but if the cancel button is pressed then this section will run:

if ($OutPut -eq "Cancel")
$ContinueTS = "False"

The $ContinueTS variable which will later be set as the value for the TS variable, is set to false. Finally the TS variable is created:

$TSVariable = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment
$TSVariable.Value("ContinueTS") = $ContinueTS

Now to the sequence:

We’ll leverage ServiceUI.exe from MDT to break out of the Task Sequence environment. The file can be aquired at the following locations:

X64: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools\x64

X86: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools\x86

Place the executable and the PowerShell script in a package and add run command line:

ServiceUI.exe -process:TSProgressUI.exe %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -NoProfile -WindowStyle Hidden -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File Verify-Ethernet.ps1

It will then break out of the TS environment and pop the messagebox if an ethernetconnection is not active:

As mentioned earlier, the box will loop until a cabled connection is detected or the user chooses to cancel.

The second task sequence step called “Break Sequence” is simple a package with a program trying to launch a non-existent file and it has the following condition:

You could of course use the condition on all the following steps or on a top folder/group instead.

And thats it! The full script can be downloaded here:  and please leave your comments below.


  1. This was posted in the future!! What kind of sorcery is this!

    I’m kidding, but thank you for the script, this is exactly what I was looking for.

    1. @Kristo: Change the two lines in the script from

      $EthernetConnection = Get-NetAdapter -Physical | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq “Ethernet” -and $_.Status -eq “Up”}


      $EthernetConnection = Get-NetAdapter -Physical | Where-Object {$_.Name -like “Ethernet*” -and $_.Status -eq “Up”}

      and I believe it should work better.

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