Alarm when offsite office goes down.

Alarm when offsite office goes down.

I have many off site offices.  I usually do a basic ping to determine if they are on line when there is a problem. I am looking for automated software (free preferably) or a method with available tools to give me a message or some type of alarm when any specific office goes offline.

Is there software that you can draw a map starting from the center location to all external buildings that will show a green line when online and a red line when the building is offline?

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what's up is pretty good, but its not free.  If you just want to see if something is up or not try freeping
laraldo1Author Commented:
I think freeping is going to work for me. What should I be running for this to work "the user account or Windows XP/2000/NT computer that will receive a popup message". Is that windows messenger?
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nope, I would use the computer name of the computer you will be working on.  It is going to use the messenger service to send you an alert.  

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you may not have the messenger service running, to test, from a command line try to

net send computername message

like, if you computer is named bender

net send bender test message

if it doesnt come through, you messenger service is probably closed, or some personal firewall is blocking it.
An application that i have used in the past to monitor offsite locations and critical servers might help you in this case...
The software is called big brother, and it is relatively easy to install and configure.
laraldo1Author Commented:
Thanks for the big brother tip.
I figured out my messeging problem also.

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