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How to ping/connect to port (SMTP) and receive answer

Hi there,

Now standing in front of quite nice piece of work. I am supposed to write a small ASP code (which will be running on intranet IIS system), which will allow users to preview an application server status. I might use components as well, but just do not know, where to start.

I need to have some code snippets which will:
* allow me to run a ping from web server and show results (available/NOT available)
* allow me to connect to a specified server port, send there something and receive a response
   (to check the service availability)
* etc.

Is this possible? Any ideas? web links are OK, you do not need to write a lot, just say... man, you are crazy, it is not possible.... or say yep, just use this and this...

Thanks a lot.


Pedro Keson
Pedro Keson
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I have a vbscript that does this in conjunction with a text file. It polls for the presence of a particular page. You could modify the page it calls to send an e-mail:


Dim varTestURL
Dim varSiteName
Dim varTestURLLength
Dim varSiteNameLength
Dim varFS
Dim varInputFile
Dim varOutputFile

Set varFS=CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set varInputFile = varFS.OpenTextFile("C:\WebServers.txt",1,True)

Do While Not varInputFile.AtEndOfStream


'MsgBox varSiteName
Set xmlHTTP = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")

xmlHTTP.Open "GET", varTestURL, False

'WScript.Echo "Server Response: " & xmlHTTP.Status
If xmlHTTP.Status=200 Then
'MsgBox "OK", vbOK

'WScript.Echo "Headers"
'WScript.Echo "======="
'WScript.Echo xmlHTTP.GetAllresponseHeaders
'WScript.Echo "HTML"
'WScript.Echo "======="
'WScript.Echo xmlHTTP.responseText
Elseif xmlHTTP.Status<>200 Then
'       MsgBox"Panic",vbcritical
        MsgBox varSiteName & " is down"
        Set varOutputFile=varFS.OpenTextFile("C:\WebServers1.txt",8,True)
        varOutputFile.writeline(varSiteName & " Is down " & Date & " "& Time)
End If

Set xmlHTTP = Nothing


You will need to create the text file and each line should look like this:


the page could be an SMTP test page

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