Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have several Windows Cluster set up and I have the need of keeping track of failovers. I'd need to receive a notification of sort whenever a group fails over. I've seen some examples around, but I can't rely on the approach of just sending a message whenever the resources are stopped/restarted as it would generate too many false alarms. In few words, I need to be notified if and only if the group really fails over.

I was thinking that probably the best way is monitoring the System Event Log, but, if possible, I'd prefer not having to write a script/program from scratch for this issue. Is there any script/product that already does it? Thanks.

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

As @Chopper3 said, SCOM can do this (and a whole lot more).

If you're running Server 2008, you can attach a task to an event via built in options, so you could attach for example an email task to the failover event in the log.

share|improve this answer
Thanks. At the end, the whole thing has been abandoned. Management decided that SCOM won't be used, as the SysAdmins (which I'm not) don't know it; they suggested that I'd implement something similar from scratch, as "it would be cheaper", but I convinced them otherwise. – Diego Apr 6 '11 at 8:20

SCOM can do this for you.

share|improve this answer

Is there a Win performance counter available from the failover operation? If it's an MS solution there should be several perf counters that give you details. If not, you can create one or mare as needed. Perf counters can be readily extracted, displayed, graphed historically, and events can be created based on the values in the perf counters. The event results in email &/or SMS. Best if it's tied to something that will help you get to root cause as well.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.