how to check connectivity to server by windows tools?

view full story

http://serverfault.com – I need to check if client can connect to server on specific TCP port. Server is listening on it. Tried "telnet server_IP port" but telnet is stuck when I see that it's connected to the server. Seems telnet waits for specific reply from the server. What I need is just to check if I can connect to the server from this workstation. Is there any way to do this? I would prefer Windows tools like telnet or something else. (HowTos)