Speedtest To Ninja

Speedtest To Ninja

In a previous blog, we discussed doing a speed test on a computer using PowerShell. Let’s take that script and expand on it with three lines of code and some prep time. This will allow us to update items inside our Ninja One RMM tool. So we can push a Speedtest To Ninja One.

What’s Ninja One?

Ninja One is an amazing RMM tool. I have used many different ones over the years and Ninja one blows my mind. it has a strong community behind it and it keeps growing. It’s the only rmm tool that isn’t afraid to make mistakes and grow. When in used continuum, I saw many times, largely requested items went to the void. While in ninja, It never goes to the void. So, if you are looking for a Good RMM, Ninja One is amazing. With that said, let’s go deep into custom fields and how to set them up for script inputs.

Ninja One Custom Fields

There are currently two ways to make a custom field for a computer. The first is global. This means all companies, roles, and devices will have them. The other way is through the roles. Both options live under the Administration > Devices. Today we are going to setup a Role Custom Field. We are going this route because we don’t want the isp speed check information for internal servers and such.

  1. Click Administration
  2. Click Devices
  3. Click Role Custom Fields
  4. Click The Add Button
  5. Click Fields

This next part is important. The label is the text that you will read. The Name is what will be used to call the field later. The field type is what you will make it. For example, multi text, text, date, etc… The first custom field will be the following:

  1. Label: ISP
  2. Name: isp
  3. Type: text

When you click create, the next window will appear. This window is more important. This is where you can choose to allow scripts, APIs and more. If you are planning to allow your technicians to edit this field, then set the technician to editable. The next is script. This is where the script comes into play. This allows the Ninja command line interface to push the Speedtest to Ninja. It has to be at least write for it to work. Next, is the API option. If you are planning to do some special API stuff, this is where you give your field permissions for the APIs. The label is just a label, the description is just a description, the tooltip allows you to give context, the footer text is just that, footer text and finally, you can make it required.

Speedtest to Ninja One

Follow the same steps to create the DownloadSpeed, and UploadSpeed fields. You want them both to be text and you want the script to be at least write. Now, if you have done all that, you are ready to add the ninja command line to the speed test script. This is going to be shockingly easy. The first step is to put your return into a return variable.

$returnInfo = [PSCustomObject]@{
    Server     = $server
    ISP        = $ISP
    Download   = $DownloadSpeed
    Upload     = $uploadSpeed
    ResultsURL = $SpeedTestURL

Once you have a returnable variable, let’s pass them into the Ninja One command line interface. First notice the PowerShell module name is NJCLiPSh. The commands all start with Ninja. If you want to dig deeper, you can read up on the Ninja One documentation. I will place additional resources at the end.

The command we are going to be using to update our custom fields is “Ninja-Property-Set”. This command will allow us to set any “script” enabled property. It’s as simple as stating the name and value. The auth from the computer will confirm everything is right and update only that device’s property. It’s amazingly simple.

Ninja-Property-Set isp $returnInfo.ISP
Ninja-Property-Set DownloadSpeed $returnInfo.Download
Ninja-Property-Set uploadspeed $returnInfo.Upload

There are many more things you can do with this script. After building out the Speedtest script, I found out someone else did it better. Which is normal and ok. Check out Mikey O’Toole’s exploring into custom fields, here. He goes through different ways to address the custom fields.