Monitoring Network Connections

Posted on 2006-06-05
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I have a system which connects to several different system in a variety of ways... ADO connections, file sharing, etc.  This system performs several important tasks.  Unfortunately it occassionally loses connectivity in one way or another, so the tasks that it is trying to perform fail.  I cannot change most of these tasks, so what I would like to do is monitor connections and send a message (email, pager, cell text message) if there is a loss.  I have written some small jobs that would provide this functionality in the past, but I imagine there must be a tool created which provides this type of functionality.  Is anyone familiar with a package that provides this?

And, of course, cost is a factor!

Thanks In Advance,

Question by:mjs082969
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello there,

    Try this software out for monitoring your connections  

    Hope this helps
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Rob Williams
    IPMonitor is a small utility that is quite useful for this. It is easily configurable to monitor multiple IP's and create a visual, audible, and or e-mail message of lost connectivity, as well as creating a log file. You can set the frequency of pings to anything you like down to once per minute per machine. There is also a tolerance adjustment so that you can set it to only warn you after 'x' number of failed attempts.
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    Assisted Solution

    We use Nagios for monitoring connectivity (ping response), verifying the running of services, disk space usage, and a few other things.  Everything can be monitored via a web interface as well as sending email and other methods of notifications.

    Nagios is free and open source.
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    Assisted Solution

    This works pretty well.  Free for up to 20 devices.


    Author Comment

    Thanks for the info everyone...  I decided I should split the points, as everyone provided input which made for a better answer.  Hopefully someone will find this information as useful as I have.

    I did come across another tool called "Servers Alive"; if someone is looking for this type of tool, I would recommend reserching that as well.

    Thanks Again!

    - Michael
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    Expert Comment

    by:Rob Williams
    Thanks Michael,

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