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Hello all experts !

I have a question regarding monitoring the space on one of my ftp servers.

Scenario:
- I have 3 ip-based appliances installed at customer's sites.  These appliances are supposed to collect data from the customer's sites  (in txt files format) and send it to my ftp server
- each appliance will have its own directory on my ftp server
- each appliance will have its own userid and password to logon to my ftp

We are supposed to collect 3 months worth of data and then process it locally for a pilot project

I need to find out a way to know when these appliances are down. For obvious reasons (security) I cannot monitor these appliances with a networking tool via active or passive monitors from within my company's network

I think the only way to find out if these devices are up and running is to monitor ftp transaction (or their folders' space) .  For example if "Appliance A" did not transmit anything in the last X min  (5 min being standard ) then that will trigger an alarm. So actually I want to monitor the space. If the space DID NOT INCREASE in the last 10 min then that will trigger the alarm (e-mail, pager, etc)

Please let me know if you know a tool/scrip/method to accomplish the above

Thank you all for taking the time reading and/or replying to my question

Best regards

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by:Justin Owens
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Rather than monitoring free space, why don't you monitor file count?  If you are pulling files from Appliance A, and no new files are created (count doesn't increase), trigger your alarm mechanism.

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by:Bibecu
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Yes, you are right, this is another way.  Do you know any good tool to monitor the file count ?
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Justin Owens earned 750 total points
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Not really, but it would not be hard to come up with a VB script to do a file count, store the number in a text file, then check again in ten minutes to make sure the new file count is larger.  If not, send an email to a predetermined address.  Or have it running constantly and just store the count in a variable if you don't want the hassle of scheduling it every five minutes.  Here is an example of a script that will monitor file creation and deletion:

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.server.scripting/browse_thread/thread/2110a4d66d6333a4

Justin
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by:Bibecu
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Thanks Justin
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