Cool Tools: Server's Alive!

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Oct 30, 2000


Thomas Shinder

Are you in the position where you need to keep track of your network servers? Perhaps you are a consultant for a number of small businesses that have from 2-20 servers and you would like to provide a professional level of network monitoring for these clients without breaking the bank on a high-level SNMP Monitoring program? Then Server's Alive is for you!

Are you in the position where you need to keep track of your network servers? Perhaps you are a consultant for a number of small businesses that have from 2-20 servers and you would like to provide a professional level of network monitoring for these clients without breaking the bank on a high-level SNMP Monitoring program? Then Servers Alive is for you!

You might think of Server's Alive as the poor man's network monitoring program because its so reasonably priced. But the features and performance of this product are anything but poor! The program can monitor a bevy of TCP and UDP service ports, Windows NT 4.0 /Windows 2000 local and network services, check available disk space, check the availability of web sites, and much more.

The program's opening interface is deceptively simple as you see below.

You see a list of the servers and services that you have configured Server's Alive to monitor. The results of the latest status check appear in the leftmost column and just to the right of that shows the time of the last check. Note that you can configure how much time to wait between checks, and that interval shows up Checks done every... minutes frame.

You add a new host by clicking the Add button which brings up the following interface.

The multi-tabbed interface provides a great number of choices. I've displayed the Winsock tab, which is a child tab of the Checks tab to give you a general idea of how things are set up. In this example, I've configured Server's Alive to check port 80 on a client's web server. You can also do things such as ping a server, monitor disk space on NT/2k machines, or what an URL.

Its Great To Watch, But Its Even Better To Tell!

While its great to monitor things, you also need to be notified when things go down. You can choose to be notified by pager, email, or system message. If you are sitting at the monitoring station, you can have a sound play to get your attention. In addition to these push methods, you can check up on how things are going by using the built-in Telnet or HTTP Servers. Below you see the configuration interface for these built-in servers.

Click page 2 and see the Built-in servers interface.

The Telnet interface is very simple. From here you can check on the results of the latest status report, force an update, and change some of the operating parameters for the system. Below you see the results of a status report.

Click page 3to see the Telnet interface.


If all you want is the results of the last update session, you can use your web browser to check the stats.

Click page4 to see the interface.


If you are not sure if this is the network monitoring solution for you, don't worry. You can use a full version of the program, no crippleware, for up to 10 servers or services FREE. If after using it for awhile you find that you can't live without it, get the 1000 server version for less than $70.00US. Now that is a great deal!

For More Information

To get more information on the fantastic program, check out Woodstone Computer Consulting.

You can also download your free version there, or buy it online if you want to monitor more than 10 servers or services.

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