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How to set up alert notification on Server outages

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I have a small production server pool.  This weekend the AC exhaust duct came loose and pumped the whole room full of hot air as well as cool air.  The result was a room at 120 degrees and all the severs shutting down on temp.  Unfortunately, I was unaware of the problem until the next day.  All servers are HP servers.  Is there a way for the severs to send a text or email if it senses a fault (like this temp).  I have seen some pretty intimidating scripts that can do this, but I am looking for something a little more on the novice side.
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by:michko
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Your best option is to put in a temperature monitor.  We used AVTech (their RoomAlert 4ER).  They have a wide range of monitoring solutions, from basic temp to humidity, power, flood, etc.  Of course, there are also a wide range of prices. ...

Our 4ER has served us well, we've had it in for almost a year and saved us some major grief when a contractor reprogrammed the AC/heating incorrectly (it started blowing heat into the server room just because thermostats elsewhere in the building were hitting their heat point).

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by:sfletcher1959
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I was hoping for something already built into the OS.  If I look at the logs, I can see the high temp setpoints going into alarm and when the servers shutdown due to temp.  Surely there is a way or software product that are triggered when this occurs and can sent out an email.  I though MicroSoft Server 2003 had this capability, just can't find it.
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Here is a script from MS Technet that will monitor temp and send an email notification if it exceeds a certain threshold:
http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/en-us/aff92cb4-031f-4cb9-9a28-570489353b5a

You will need to have IronPython installed to run this script:
http://ironpython.net/

I personally still feel more comfortable with a third party, completely separate monitoring system.  However, this should do what you ask.

Best of luck.
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