Free Monitoring Software

I have 3 servers in my office that i would like to be able to monitor via ping.  All i want to do is monitor and alert if they go down.  I don't need anything else.

Since these devices are inside my network pingdom is not a viable solution.

Any suggestions?
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Stelian StanNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Nagios is a free solution. Here is a Quick Installation Guide: http://nagios.sourceforge.net/docs/3_0/quickstart.html
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qbakiesCommented:
PRTG is what you are looking for.  Easy, reliable, and I have used it for several clients.  Also it will be free for you becuase you only have three devices.  

http://www.paessler.com/prtg

If you want to get fancy go for Spiceworks.  ANother great free tool that is much more in-depth.

http://www.spiceworks.com/
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Id take a look at the dude with SNMP. Free tool to monitor and report on servers, switches, etc.

http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php
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madunixCommented:
I do nagios...., check others too

http://www.groundworkopensource.com GroundWork Monitor Enterprise
http://www.hyperic.com Hyperic HQ
http://www.icinga.org Icinga
http://www.nagios.com Nagios
http://www.n-able.com N-central
http://www.op5.com op5 Monitor
http://www.open-itcockpit.com openITCockpit
http://www.opennms.org OpenNMS
http://www.hp.com/de/bto HP OpenView
http://www.bmc.com BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management
http://www.shinken-monitoring.org Shinken
http://www.ibm.com/software/de/tivoli IBM Tivoli
http://www.ca.com/de CA Unicenter
http://www.whatsupgold.com WhatsUp Gold
http://www.zabbix.com Zabbix
http://www.zenoss.com Zenoss Enterprise
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joolsCommented:
Firstly, Zenoss and Nagios are truly great but they all do require some configuring.

To monitor 3 systems with ping you might just want to script something. Bear in mind though that a server that may respond to ping doesnt actually mean the service is available, it just means it's up and responding to icmp. if this is all you want then a script that just sends a single ping to each server every x minutes and emails someone if there is not a successfull connection might do the job for you. If you want to make sure services etc are running then you'll need to look a bit deeper.

Are you going to monitor them from a separate system, it might be best to!
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redbmasterCommented:
The options I originally linked are more geared towards SNMP monitoring when you was ICMP monitoring. Here are suggestions for free ICMP tools with email notifications.

ManageEngine (10 devices for free): http://www.manageengine.com/free-ping-tool/features.html

Kaseya (includes icmp monitoring also for 10 devices): http://www.kaseya.com/solutions/it-tools/network-monitor/ping-monitor.aspx

Spiceworks will work too, but it does much more than you'll need.
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