Server 2003 Email Notification

Is there a way within Windows Server 2003 to send out an email when it's having problems?  Such as frozen and it needs to be rebooted?

We have a third part tool we haven't yet configured yet, called Event Sentry; which monitors all the servers, etc., but I'd like to receive an email w/out third party tools.

Is this a possibility?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If it's frozen and needs to be rebooted how can it run the process to kick off the email?

Third party tools are your best bet - network monitoring programs such as HP Openview, Whats Up, Nagios, Big Brother, Big Sister are all suitable.

You can do some things using the System Monitor component and alerts along with a command line mailer or vbscript but when a system freezes or loses network connectivity nothing on that server can tell you anything is wrong - you NEED third party stuff.
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mdmcq5Author Commented:
I'll take a look of the 3rd party softwares you listed.  Thanks.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The latter 3 are free - and I believe have agents you can install on the server to enhance the level of monitoring.  The first is hugely expensive and the second is commercial, agentless lasts time I checked, and otherwise reasonably good at what it does.
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mdmcq5Author Commented:
Have you ever heard of sofware called EventSenty?
http://www.eventsentry.com/

That's software the company has purchased just haven't inititated an install yet.  Just wondering if it would do the same...?

Look around on the page, if you have time, and let me know what you think.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Took a very brief look - it seems in the same class.  The free ones can be tricky to setup, especially Nagios.  I suspect that will be easier.
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