Network Monitoring Software

Looking for Microsoft Alert Software to monitor the server services and logs :

- Power failure - UPS kicked on
- CPU high usage
- Exchange services restart
- Disk space low
- Security issues
- IP monitoring during certain hours
- critical errors
- backup errors or success

Email alerts..

- etc...

Could be a monthly service.. but simple set-up and not expensive.
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Skyler KincaidNetwork/Systems EngineerCommented:
This can all be done with the features that are already included in the Windows Server OS. Here is one example on how to set it up with Server 2003:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324796

If you are looking to monitor workstations I worked for an MSP that used LabTech RMM and it was amazing. You can setup alerts for the event logs or WMI queries or even have constant monitors. Depending on the number of End Points you have it would be anywhere from $2 per end point per month down to about 75 cents. It will also do remote control, Windows Updates, scripts and a lot more.

Just a few ideas!
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I use EventSentry: http://www.eventsentry.com/

Very good at monitoring logs and sending alerts, including graphs on processor and memory usage.

They even have a free "Lite" version for basic monitoring (i.e. only Windows logs and no database storage).

HTH,
Dan
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aamodtCommented:
http://nagios.org/ with nrpe agent does the trick, and you can also add services as you want.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
+1 for Nagios.
Although I haven't heard anyone calling the install process "easy setup".

You can simplify it by using FAN ( http://www.fullyautomatednagios.org/ ), but that's not a piece of easy cake either :)
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
While Nagios is great for monitoring an entire network, is it really worth the trouble for a single server?

I mean, you need a dedicated VM (or a physical machine) and the setup is kind of lengthy (took me almost a day on the first try, with a lot of RTFM). And you get a whole OS, that uses RAM/disk space.

With EventSentry (or any other simple log monitoring tool) you need only 10 mins for download + install + configure, with way less resources used.
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567082836Author Commented:
Wanted a simple solution.. thanks everyone for the great information and tips.. I will test this EventSentry first.  


DanCraciun
With EventSentry (or any other simple log monitoring tool) you need only 10 mins for download + install + configure, with way less resources used.
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