[windows2000] Download Pick: Servers Alive

  • From: "Jim Kenzig http://thin.ms" <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: THIN <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:48:39 -0400

Here is my download pick of the week.
There are all sorts of monitoring solutions out there for alerting you as to
when a resource is not available but one of my favorites is a program called
Servers Alive by a company called Woodstone.

The program allows you to monitor your servers on a web page as well as send
out email alerts when a server goes down. We use it to ping our branch
routers and notify us if they go down. There are a lot of free add ons to
the product. It is very easy to set up using the programs graphical input

Woodstone offers a free unlimited trial of Servers Alive you can download
from here:


This product came in very handy for us last evening during powerful
windstorms to let us know which branches we could expect to have problems
with this morning.

To purchase the product it is reasonably priced under $500 US($199 euro) for
the enterprise edition however the free edition works great!
Here is a sample ouput of our web page from servers alive.
Status of hosts at last check   *Brecksville * *DOWN since 4:06:46 AM,
9/15/2008 * *Maple Heights * *DOWN since 4:06:44 AM, 9/15/2008 * *Olmsted
Falls * *DOWN since 4:06:43 AM, 9/15/2008 * *Warrensville * *DOWN since
4:06:46 AM, 9/15/2008 * *Bay Village * *RUNNING since 4:06:12 AM, 9/15/2008
We basically created a disrtibution list email with all of our admins on it
called Serversalive in exchange and set it so it will send out updates when
our routers bounce up and down. Here is sample text:

Warrensville is DOWN (0%)

Mail generated by Woodstone Servers Alive at Monday, September 15, 2008
4:06:46 AM

Jim Kenzig
Blog: http://www.techblink.com

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