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need util to test FILESHARING status of file server

Hi. I have a problem file server (WS2003 AD), which occasionally stops sharing. It IS STILL PINGABLE, but we can no longer connect to or see the shares. I need a utility to test "File Share Up/Down?" every minute, from a connected PC workstation. Ping utils are a dime a dozen, but I'm looking for one to test actual share status. Anyone know of one?

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I think you're approaching this situation from a difficult angle. Why not look at the logs and figure out why the sharing stops. Monitor the services of your server like Workstation and RPC. they just might be stopped. You might need to configure them to restart after all failures, as a test.
how do you fix this issue? a reboot?
is DNS configured properly? is the IP address configured properly?
btw, is this Win2k3 SP1? if so, it's common and an SP upgrade usually fixes the issue.

If not, then maybe the svchost.exe is dying, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910666
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Netcmh: Already checked all of that (except the svchost.exe thing - thanks for that tip). The problem is probably hardware. Yes, only rebooting recovers the server.

Since it happens sporadically (sometimes only once every 2 days), I need a util to notify me when it goes down.

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netcmh: thanks, some good ideas which I will try, if/when the server goes down again.

Kevin: THanks, that's exactly the tool I was looking for! I am using it now. Very intuitive, and cheap.
Thanks for the grade, soyproduct (You've got to change that alias!)

Kevin, thanks for the tip on the tool