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Im looking for a free application or script that can check to make sure services on our servers are running(ex:dns,dhcp,etc). Does anyone know of anything that will work? I am using Windows 2003\2008 servers.Thanks
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by:John-Charles-Herzberg
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Have a look at

Free Windows Service Monitor Tool
Features:
- Monitors Services of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 servers
- Shows Details of Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Services
- Customizable Windows Service Monitoring
- Graphical view of the Service Status
- Remote configuration of StartupType, State


http://www.manageengine.com/free-windows-service-monitor/free-windows-service-monitor-index.html

Thanks
JC
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by:Thomas N
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I installed it. This would be good but I would want something that sends alerts out if a service goes down. Anything else you could suggest?
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by:Sandeshdubey
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by:Thomas N
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I want something where if the server went down completely it would alert me that the services are down. We used to use Nimbus or Opmanager but they cost money. I want something that is free if possible. Thanks.
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by:Sudeep Sharma
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What about Nagios? It's free as well. Though you could by support contract if required.

Core software is also available for Windows, though it was initially for Linux:
http://www.nagios.org/news/77-news-announcements/273-introducing-nagwin-nagios-for-windows

Sudeep
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by:Sudeep Sharma
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Or if you comfortable with PowerShell you could also use the Powershell to monitor the services on the remote server and also sent the email alert is the service status is down:

Link1: (For monitoring the service of remote server):
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17768989/check-if-a-particular-service-is-running-in-a-remote-computer-using-powershell-s

Link2: (For sending email):
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17455430/powershell-script-to-monitoring-status-and-send-email-results

You may need combination of both the links to work your way out.

Sudeep
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by:Berkson Wein
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Have you considered Zenoss?  It has community / free version, but like Nagios (also free as mentioned above), setup can be a real hassle.  

Also, definitely not free, but IpSwitch's What's Up Gold is terrific and what we use wherever possible.

Hope this helps.  Happy New Year.
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by:DMTechGrooup
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We use this and it has worked great.  They have a try until you like it option..

http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Try Http://Monitor.us for basic stuff
Spiceworks will do more
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Please check this. This an opensource software and robust which I configured for a client and still working perfect without issue
http://pandorafms.com/
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