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Server Health Monitoring

I have 2 sites 10 miles away from each other running Win 2003 and SBS 2003 on 2 separate domain forests.  Is there a free way for them to monitor each other's health such as a simple ping to each other at certain intervals and if ping fails an email gets sent to me?  I don't need a fancy program such as Solarwinds Orion.
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tigermattCommented:
The problem you will have with pinging would be that, as I guess both servers are behind a router, pinging wouldn't work. You would have to ping their external WAN address assigned to the router, but the router would pick that up and return it, so this would detect if the router goes down, not the server.
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randy915Author Commented:
So in order to monitor the availability of the 2 DCs, what would be the best solution?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Free way?  Look at www.spiceworks.com which would need to be installed on each server.

Also, SBS itself has built-in monitoring which would send alerts for any problem.  That's configured in the Monitoring & Reporting section of the Server Management Console.  Unfortunately, this is not available on a Standard Server 2003.

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randy915Author Commented:
I will try Spiceworks and get back to you, thanks.
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randy915Author Commented:
Wow, this utility is exactly what I needed!  I can now receive a text message to my phone whenever a server goes down within 1 minute of occurrance.  Thank you thank you!
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
SBS has that ability natively, just FYI.  It's in Monitoring & Reporting, configure alerts.

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