PowerShell on Octopus – Verify that website is online after deploy


When using Octopus deploy for your websites, you might want to verify that after deployment the website works well.
In our case, we have to restart a JBoss server (yes, we use JBoss 🙂 on a small website, the rest are under IIS).
It’s mandatory that after 5 minutes the website is back online.

The problem was that on the test environment we have an invalid HTTPS certificate (go figure !)
Solution – use:

[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = {$true}

Octopus PowerShell - Check if website is online

Because I’m lazy and/or I don’t have time to format the code, above is a screenshot for clarity, below is the code for whoever needs it.

# Wait 5 minutes before checking that the application is back online
Write-Host “Waiting 5 minutes for the web server to restart …”
for ($i = 0; $i -lt 10; $i++)
    Start-Sleep -s 30 # Sleep for 30 seconds, 10 times
    $minutes = if ($i -eq 1) { “minute” } else { “minutes” }
    Write-Host ((($i + 1) / 2).ToString() + ” $minutes passed …”)

$myWebsite = $OctopusParameters[‘MY_WEBSITE_URL’]
# We need the following line when accessing HTTPS site with invalid certificate !
[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = {$true}

$request = [System.Net.WebRequest]::Create($myWebsite)
    $response = $request.GetResponse()
    Write-Host (“The website $myWebsite is online ! Returned code: ” + $response.StatusCode)
    Write-Host (“The website $myWebsite is OFFLINE ! Error: ” + $_.Exception.Message)
    throw $_.Exception

Note 1: Credits go to StackOverflow, IT blogs and alike, sites that helped me with the code when searching for solutions.
Note 2: Be aware that when copy-pasting, the quotes and possibly other characters get messed up by WordPress, you’ll have to replace them.


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