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Posted on 2011-09-07
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I'm looking for a simple tool which will monitor my server for diskspace and exchange service when down... Simple issues with great consequence

if possible to have it send me an text message on my cell phone, if not an email will do.

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by:OctInv
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We use ActiveXperts.
A very useful tool for the minimal money you pay for it.
http://www.activexperts.com/

Hope this helps.
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by:kevinhsieh
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I have used IPsentry for over ten years. It can not only monitor and send you an alert, but it can take corrective action like attempt to restart a service. I depend on it, it is affordable, and doesn't take days and days to setup.  
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by:kevinhsieh
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Forgot to add www.ipsentry.com
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by:teomcam
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Solarwinds have great tools and most of them free. Exchange monitor is great and monitoring a lot of services not only HDD.
http://www.solarwinds.com/
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by:OriNetworks
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Nagios is a great project with plenty of plugins available. www.nagios.org
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by:teomcam
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OpenNMS also free of charge.
http://www.opennms.org/
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by:ddawes
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I use Spiceworks for our company.  Not only monitors servers, but can also monitor and inventory other devices on the network.  I find this really useful and its FREE.  Worth a look.
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by:buzzyclonecattleman
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I've used Power Admin Server Monitor in the past in for some critical servers, really easy to configure, pretty inexpensive for what it does.  If that's all you need it for and scaleable if you need more.

Has a 30 day trial...

http://www.poweradmin.com/ServerMonitor/features.aspx?show=monitors





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by:bgilsing
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Best free solution with an active development community of plugins is nagios. Hands down.
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kevinhsieh earned 375 total points
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I have found Nagios and OpenNMS to be way overkill for what the poster is looking for, which is a SIMPLE tool. SpiceWorks is also probably too heavy of a service. I haven't used ActiveXperts. IPSentry is pretty simple to configure, and I have used it for single server environments up to my current environment maybe a hundred monitored devices. Specifically I use it to make PING tests, disk space tests, is the TCP service available (SMTP, HTTP, etc.), and is the Windows service running. We have some servers where the services don't restart properly, so IPSentry starts the service when it detects that it is down, which takes care of the problem.

ipsentry.com
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by:Lufaa
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I agree with Kevin.

This will do and is well within my price range.

Thanks all for your help and advice.
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