Free monitoring tools for Solaris (and Oracle)

We're looking for a tool to use to proactively monitor Solaris boxes (ideally Oracle databases as well).  As a bear minimum we need to be able to check that the box is accessible (i.e. it can be seen on the network) and is up.  We also need to know if certain processes are running (the services it is providing) and to have error messages in the messages file flagged up to us.  Interface to mail via SMTP would be useful as well.

Can anyone reccomend a product?

Unfortunately right now free is a definate requirement (I'm told there's no budget).

Stephen
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TintinCommented:
I'd recommend Nagios.

See http://www.nagios.org/

NRPE (a Nagios extention) will allow you run checks on a remote server (eg: to check for specific processes)
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GugroCommented:
Hi,

I would recommemend for the Solaris Part SRS NetConnect (http://srsnetconnect3.sun.com)
It does not only monitor Solaris but also the Hardware ( CPU, Memory, Power, Disks )
and collects performance statistics and Patch Information.
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wesly_chenCommented:
Hi,

   Bigbrother:
http://www.bb4.org/

  It's easy to configure.

Wesly
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TintinCommented:
Big Brother is not a free product.
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wesly_chenCommented:
Bigbrother is a free product.
Bigbrother Pro is commerical product.

Wesly
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stephenbooth_ukTechnical Business AnalystAuthor Commented:
Big Brother is not a free product.  I checked the site, it's free for *non-commercial use*.  If you want to use it to monitor your home network then fine, you might be able to get away with using it to monitor a network in a charity.  We're a commercial organisation so for us it would not be free, we'd have to use the Pro product.  I've run into this distinction a lot in the past.

Stephen
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wesly_chenCommented:
> it's free for *non-commercial use
You're right. Bigbrother is not free for commerical use anymore since it became Quest software production.
Thanks for your information.

Wesly
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