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How to monitor wesites. How do you know when a website is down.

Posted on 2003-03-11
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Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Can someone point me into the right direction in website monitoring software... Only if you have used the software before.

For example just say a website goes down... The program realises this and sends an email. And does the software have to reside on the same server as the hosted website.

Even vb dode would be welcomed

Cheers Yakeni
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Some affordable and simple to use software to monitor webservers is Alchemy Eye, which can be downloaded from http://www.alchemy-lab.com. It can also monitor databases, eventlogs, services, diskspace, ping machines and much more.

In case you are using Microsoft products (like IIS and SQL Server in a Windows environment) then Microsoft Operations Manager is an option. This product needs more resources and is complex to configure however. More information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/mom.


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Alchemy Eye doesn't require to run on the webserver. MIcrosoft Operations Manager requires an agent on the webserver, but can run itself on another. Both are able to send email alerts.
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I have a perl script that checks on all my servers ever 30 mins. It sends me an email, and is run using the cron deamon.

Copy can be provided if thats of any use. Can you provide details of the operating system that you are using, then people here are more likely to be able to get you an appropriate script.

Hope that helps:)
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Look into "webtrends" software

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A real cheap-o solution for windows 2000, IIS based platforms is perfmon.

Perfmon comes with windows 2000 and can be used to moniter web service uptime, NIC traffic, DB uptime, etc.

Bear in mind that this is not what this software was designed for, so it's not as friendly as a true monitoring application.
Microsoft Operations Monitor uses perfmon counters as it's base.

For even more power, NetIQ pulls together with MOM and perfmon to create a more robust monitoring tool.

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