Performance monitoring email alert

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Does anyone know of some type of program or method that is free or cheap that can monitor a windows 2003 server and xp desktops and send an email containing information. For example, if the hard drive is filling up or the computer has a bottleneck, it will email me with this information. Any ideas? Thanks in advanced.

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If you are using server hardware, check out what the manufacturer supplys. Most server hardware comes with software to monitor and notify to meet your needs. The Intel software I tested did all this and more and shipped free with their servers.
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  • Burmuse
    Yes, first thing you should try is vendor provided software. But, most of them will not provide monitoring for all your need. Windows server have snmp service to send trap messages to snmp manager software. Then, you still need snmp manager software (monitoring software). I don't know how big your network is. You could try OpManager software. There is a free edition that allow you to monitor 20 devices (Not 20 instances) and one administrative user. That could be good start for you. They have another level for unlimited device for $795. No, I am not working for them. http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/opmanager/
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  • Preytell
    If your looking for a more proactive solution, a freeware tools named nagios is very nice. It has plugins for most OS's and can not only report on levels and send alerts but trend your environment. You can run it in two modes, polling or passive receiver. In polling mode you actively gather stats on monitored servers on a time delay, in passive mode the agent on the windows box only reports events that your consider significant, so when the c drive reaches 85% generate an alert to nagios. There are thousands of ways to do what your asking and many free ways to do so. Nagios is near the top of the list, another tool that I use a love is Email2DB, it takes alerts and lets you massage them and reformat them to store the results in a database, run another application, send an email, etc. I use it to receive syslog messages ,SMTP alerts, and traps to store them in databases such as microsoft's MOM. Anyway check out Nagios I think you'll like it.
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  • Skepticals
    I really only need to monitor a small network that has one Windows 2000 server and 5-10 workstations. I looked into Nagios and it looks great, but it appears it runs on linux? is there anything that is windows based?
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  • Astronomer
    You are going to learn that nearly all of the best free utilities come out on linux. Sometimes they are later ported to windows. I'm dragging my group kicking and screaming into partial linux literacy just so we can do this nifty stuff. rt
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  • Skepticals
    I understand. I used to use Red Hat. Any suggestions of which distro to use?
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  • Astronomer
    I use mandrake, suse, and white box for linux chores. Depending on the application, one flavor is often easier to set up than the others. For example, we are using white box for our DNS servers in the DMZ and managing them with webmin. Webmin made it so easy to do routine maintenance that the windows techs weren't intimidated. On the other hand, I am setting up ntop on suse and our external firewall is openBSD, a very secure OS, but user hostile in the old fashoned unix way. I'm sure others have strong opinions about their flavors as well. If you are most comfortable with red hat, check out white box. It's a recompiled red hat server. rt
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  • Mistoffeles
    I prefer Debian to get the most out of Linux, but if you want the most "standard" Linux (i.e.: most everything will compile on it with little or no problems) you are looking at Red Hat Community Edition.
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