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I want a utility that will continually ping a website approximately every 60 seconds

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I am looking for a utility I can run on my windows Vista machine that will continuously ping a certain website.  I want it running in the background at Windows startup.

Does anyone here know of such a utility?

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...Rowby
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ping plotter, not sure if it will run on startup but it can alert you if it can't ping the site or if the ping gets too high.
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Check this thread...there's a script here that will run in the interval you choose. The initial launch would be done from the task manager.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_21989438.html
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If you download Sleepcmd http://www.sleepcmd.com/

You can make a batch file to run the ping

:TOP
Ping ipaddress
sleep 60 /silent
Ping ipaddress
sleep 60 /silent
Goto TOP
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Thanks all for the suggestions so far.

regnightc,

In the case of sleep     How do I integrate that into a batch file.  There are no instructions on the link.

do I run sleep batch.bat?

Thanks

Rowby
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Drop Sleep.exe in your windows directory then in your bat file use

c:\windows\sleep.exe 60 /silent

or just sleep 60 /silent might work
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http://www.sleepcmd.com/documentation.html has some basic instructions for use, hope that helps
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I would put a .bat file in the Startup folder as one option.

Or you can use Ping Tester Pro perhaps using a scheduled start time in the past.  That seems to work and 60 seconds is the max interval you can specify.
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There are also some free website monitoring services that will do this for you and send an email if the site goes down.  A quick google search will yield lots of options.

I generally prefer that sort of solution if the reason you want to ping the web server isn't related to your local workstation, since it doesn't rely on your workstation being turned on and connected to the internet.  I.E. You want to know when/if the server sever is not available to the Internet in general.

Some of these services will also check and make sure an http connection can be made, which is good if you are just testing for availability since a server responding to ping doesn't necessarily mean the website is up and running.

If, however, you're wanting to use this 60-second ping as a keep-alive for a tunnel to the web server or you want to test specifically test the connection from your workstation to the server, one of the solutions already recommended will work well.
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Thanks for all your comments and solution(s).

...Rowby
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