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What are the most important things (services etc) to Monitor on file servers?

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What's most important to monitor on file-servers?  I want to make sure I'm notified of any problems.  Ping is one.  What else should I be monitoring?
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Drive space!
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I monitor disk space from a remote machine using IPSentry. What I like about it is that if the disk space monitoring fails, it indicates that the server may be having other problems that may not be detected by PING or SNMP. If you want, you can monitor the server service to make sure that it is running, and the DFS services if you are using DFS. If you have some way to monitor the event logs, that would be great too. So would CPU utilization.
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thanks.  any other suggestions?  
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Temperature of server and server room
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What windows services do you guys monitor on files-servers? Are there windows processes and/or services one can monitor for security?
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(1) Server Hardware Health Check such as
Physical inspection, LCD Display, Attention light, Power supplies,Disk lights

(2)Logs
Error logs

(3) Server space Check
Local file,External File, Paging space. Volume Group, External Disk, Disk space

(4) Server network Health Check
Network media speed, Network adapter errors, Gateway, Routing

(5) Performance health Check
Perfomance logs, CPU Ideal %, Paging space status, Load rate

(6) Backup Check
Check Backup logs


look @ http://demo.opennms.org/opennms/index.jsp   demo version to see which parameter you need to check
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Other important things to monitor, memory usage, server reboots, failed login attempts, unexpected service stoppages
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TechHammer,

Thank you.  How would I set a monitor for server reboots and unexpected service stoppages?
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for this issue i use Nagios http://nagios.org/  running on linux server to monitor my environment...and send sms/mail notification via qmail/sendmail and smstoools
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MS SCOM is an excellent tool to monitor just about anyitem you can think of.
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