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Ok, here is the problem;  I get 200-400 emails a day saying "everything is OK" from widely different systems.  Things work great when it sends me an email saying there is a problem, but I am running into situations recently when the problem was so bad, that an email never got sent.  I am not a total newb with PS or ASP, but I am not comfortable either.
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What I would like to do, is write a web page (so I can check it in the mornings with all my other websites) that would give me a green dot for an ok email received, red dot for and error, and a yellow dot for no email at all.

So, has someone already done this (freeware, I am a pee on with no money)
Could it be done with powershell and asp?
I am inclined to write this myself, so I can add to it later, what do you think?
I guess I could have powershell check an email account file, but how would i start, and how do I integrate PS with ASP?

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You can look at Nagios or Cacti... both are free and simple to configure (you can even download appliances from vmware.)

http://www.nagios.org/
http://www.cacti.net/
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/

btw... I am definately not a against a scripted solution, and the shell of the script probably would not be that complicated, but when you start figuring in the error handling and corner cases... oy!

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Could you give more details on how I would make one of these tools do what I am looking for?  I read their sites, but it looks as if they are monitoring the services them selves, not an email account/accounts for specific emails, althought they both lok complicated and probably could do it, I am just not seeing it.

The reason I want to monitor email, is that all the alerts for all our systems already email
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whoops... I misunderstood your goal. I thought you wanted to do the actual monitoring

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