Re: [Nolug] Network Monitoring tool

From: Ron Johnson <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 03:21:47 -0500
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On 07/20/2012 04:27 PM, Chris Jones wrote:
> Does anybody know a good free network monitoring tool? I know this is
> NOLUG, but honestly I'd prefer something that runs as a Windows service,
> and just pings a list of IP addresses at regular intervals. If
> something goes down, send an email.
> Simple enough. Best option I'm seeing right now is to just set up a
> machine running Zenoss, but I'd love a simpler option, as Zenoss is
> probably overkill for what I need at this time. I know someone out
> there has to have a good recommendation for this.

PowerShell might have the features to let you write your own routine to
march through a list of IP addresses every N minutes and pop up an alert
if ping doesn't respond. Maybe BATCH now is even powerful enough.

I wouldn't trust ping, though, since (a) not every system is configured
to respond to ICMP requests, and (b) sometimes systems still respond to
ICMP even when the system is for all intents and purposes dead.

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