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it's possible to monitor a general purpose service, listening on port 5896, i.e.: tcp://production.enterprise.com:5896

I just want know if this service is alive or offline, like a fast "nc -zv <host> <port>" command.

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And Past

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I am not sure on what exactly you want to achieve. But if you are talking about a tool faster than nc to check remote port then I think any command will give you same or worse result than nc. –  Sachin Divekar Nov 28 '11 at 19:21
    
I just need to check if a port is open or closed using the Zenoss monitoring tool. (www.zenoss.org) –  apast Nov 28 '11 at 19:53
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You should be able to use the zenoss IP service monitoring. It basically uses SNMP to execute a telnet to the the port specified and send the response back over SNMP.

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