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Other than a simple ping, I'm looking for ways to connect to Exchange just for monitoring purposes. Should I connect to a Web Service? WMI?

I'm merely trying to test that the Exchange server is up and running. A ping doesn't tell me enough. I've found plenty of different ways to do this but none of them jump out and scream at me that it's the best.

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closed as not a real question by MDMarra, Zypher Jan 23 '12 at 20:18

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Are you trying to do up/down monitoring of Exchange services? – Doug Luxem Jan 23 '12 at 20:25
Maybe try and connect to EWS? – Zoredache Jan 23 '12 at 20:36
@DougLuxem - That's precisely what I'm trying to achieve. – Ben Cecka Jan 23 '12 at 20:40
@Zoredache - Thanks. I had that one bookmarked and will take a closer look. – Ben Cecka Jan 23 '12 at 20:41
There are many excellent monitoring packages out there that will do this for you (many of which are open source). There is no need to reinvent the wheel and code it yourself. – Bryan Jan 23 '12 at 23:55

All of the above- depending on the stuff you are trying to monitor. What specifically are you trying to check?

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I'm really trying to verify that Exchange is alive and functioning in a relatively basic sense. Nothing too deep, but more than just checking that the actual server is online. – Ben Cecka Jan 23 '12 at 20:43

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