NIC monitoring -- Windows 2012 Standard Server ?

What software/etc can do some or all of the below ?
 1. if nic usage for 5 minutes > 90+ percent,
    then create an alert or event so I know
 2. check every 5 minutes to make sure NIC is alive,
    if dead, then create an alert or event so I know
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
#1 is easy.  MOST of your monitoring packages will do that. And there is literally dozens of competitive software out there, many top tier, so picking one is akin to "what antivirus scans for viruses..."  

#2 is a bit of a catch-22.  Most monitoring packages will tell you if a server is no longer responding. But it can't tell you *why* it isn't responding.  After all, the server isn't responding (which includes any agent that would have more details.)  Is it the NIC that is alive?  Or did the whole CPU freeze?   How would you know??  Even if the CPU is alive, because the NIC is down, the package can't query the machine to see what is wrong, and any agent can't report to the server because...the NIC is down!

And, of course, if the machine that has gone down happens to *be* the one that generates the alerts, you won't get an alert either unless you run two machines for redundancy. Which for a small environment is usually not feasible.

For small environments, I'd look at a cloud-based service for that type of reporting. That way if any machine loses contact, you know. You may not know why, but you are no longer bound to a single point of failure (the monitoring machine) and even if something significant fails like the internet connection, the cloud service can still notify you via text or to a personal email not dependent on that internet connection.

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