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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 StanCommented:
Nagios is a free solution. Here is a Quick Installation Guide: http://nagios.sourceforge.net/docs/3_0/quickstart.html
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.  


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

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

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madunixChief Information Security Officer Commented:
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
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!
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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