Monitor an MX record and status of SMTP availability

I am in the process of moving a DOMAIN name to a new provider and I am in need of having to monitor any down time inthe transfer process.
Is there any way to monitor an MX entry and fucntionality of the MX/Mail inbox being available during this transfer.
I am doing a test domain first and need to setup testing to see if any down time will exist whilst moving to new domain provider. It is a LINUX mailbox.
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Mahmoud SabrySenior IT Systems EngineerCommented:
MXtoolbox free tools

www.mxtoolbox.com
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ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
Thanks, do you know of any way or tool than can be an automatic monitoring tool - this looks like it is a manual task. As the DOMAIN transfer can take up to 72 hours I was hoping to have it monitoring and reporting over that time, showing no down time during the transfer.
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Mahmoud SabrySenior IT Systems EngineerCommented:
register here ,http://www.mxtoolbox.com/Public/Login.aspx?page=pp, craete account for your self, then add your domain to monitor it,and add ur private email address,

then the site will continous monitor ur domain and will send u email if ur site is down for any time
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ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
I have registered, and in order to get the functionality needed  I need to pay. Do you know of a free site or tool that provides this functionality . The functionality is spot on in that is tests the MX record connects to the mail box and test it is functional.
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ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
Does anyone know of a FREE tool ?
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Khandakar Ashfaqur RahmanExpert/ConsultantCommented:
Hello,

Use KS Host Monitor.It's a tiny software and good for monitoring any service+IP.It'll automatically generate,alarm,email,sms.Serach by the following keywords:

KS-Soft Advanced Host Monitor Portable 8.14.exe

or

Go to ks-soft.net website.


Or you may install Nagios.It's an open source tool.You can install and configure Nagios for mail service.
www.nagios.org

For configuring mail service monitor in Nagios:
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/monitoring-email-nagios
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