Looking for application that checks servers to make sure service is running

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
Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System AdministratorAsked:
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MAS (MVE)Connect With a Mentor Technical Department HeadCommented:
Please check this. This an opensource software and robust which I configured for a client and still working perfect without issue
Have a look at

Free Windows Service Monitor Tool
- 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


Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System AdministratorAuthor Commented:
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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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System AdministratorAuthor Commented:
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.
Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
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:

Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
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):

Link2: (For sending email):

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

Berkson WeinTech FreelancerCommented:
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.
We use this and it has worked great.  They have a try until you like it option..

Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Try Http://Monitor.us for basic stuff
Spiceworks will do more
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