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Network monitoring tools

Can anyone recommend Windows-based software, or some other solution, that monitors availability of network servers like a router, web server, or database server?  Anything that can proactively detect network problems and alert someone via a text message, page, or email.

We're developing a shrink-wrap desktop app that will in small part depend on data from a web service.  I'm trying to avoid the situation where we first hear about a service outage from an employee, or worse, a customer.

Joe Paradise
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Nothing tops an application specific monitor. Only at that level do you know that the whole stack is working.
Since you are developing this thing yourselves, build it. This could be as easy as running a slightly modified version of the client that just goes: "I'm ok, I'm ok, ...".
Form monitoring different levels of the stack, I have been satisfied with http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/ in the past.

Just me (Sir to you)
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

I've been pretty happy with Alchemy Eye for general monitoring tasks. http://www.alchemy-lab.com/products/eye/

Mike Gunderloy
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

I'll recommand IPMonitor, it's a good product.

You also may consider using free products like MRTG-cricket. It's Linux oriented, but there is a windows version.

Ralph Chaléon
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

A friend recommended "What's Up". 

http://www.extralan.co.uk/products/Diagnostic-Tools/Whats-Up-Gold.htm

I'm sure one of these will work out fine.  Thanks for all your replies.

Joe Paradise
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Not Windows, but http://www.nagios.org/ comes highly recommended.

Damian
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

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