Windows 2003 Server: email alerts when services stops

Hi
I have 3 Windows 2003 Servers running various services as
mysql, sql, spamfilter, apache, iis etc...

Is there a free program out there, that I can install on one or more of the Servers on lan that can monitor Services and send mail alert when a service is stopping?


morten444Asked:
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Corlie008Commented:
Hi,

This service is standard included.

Here you can read more about this feature:

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/HealthCheck/GettingStarted.htm

http://www.tech-faq.com/how-to-monitor-windows-server-2003.html

Kind regards,
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morten444Author Commented:
Hi
Thanks I have a look
So this application i would be able to install on one of my servers, and then monitor services accross the servers i have on lan. When any service stopes I can get a mail

Is that correct
Hard to read from the documentation but if i know it can, i will find out :)


Thanks
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Cris_IconomuCommented:
Hi Morten444,

I believe you should approach this from a business perspective, not necessarily from a technical one. Servers (hardware and software) are quite stable nowadays if they are setup properly.  The windows built-in set of monitoring features may be difficult to setup but in some instances it is really good value.

There are free software packages or even commercial ones that allow free use for limited size. One of the best and easiest to use is Servers Alive from Woodstone (http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/)
I find it easy to install and setup, and even easier to use. And it has various tools, including event log checking. Another good tool is Paessler's network monitoring (http://www.paessler.com/prtg) Both can give you about 30 monitoring and alerting targets if you are careful how you set them up. All I can say is that you will soon find out either is well worth paying for the full license!

However, keep always in mind that various services have their own notification and alerting tools - I find this a perfect way to make sure you get comprehensive monitoring. Just be patient enough to read the manuals!
Below is my list of things to keep in mind when you setup servers/services:

1. Create a monitoring map for yourself, and rules and tasks that apply to most of the features/services you install or enable (i.e. when you install MS SQL, make sure you setup notifications)
2. When installing or enabling a service have a dedicated step for the alerting/notification area - this way you don't spend extra time afterward
3. Find a monitoring software solution that covers all your needs for the budget - and keep in mind that free means you will spend your time to make it work.
4. Don't relay only on software, sometimes your eye and judgment will be better :) -  a scheduled task in Outlook to open event viewer on each server may be sometimes time saving!

More info can be found at:
http://www.slac.stanford.edu/xorg/nmtf/nmtf-tools.html


Good luck,
Cris
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morten444Author Commented:
Thanks. That worked and I have got the data analyzed. Thanks
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