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Inexpensive Network Monitoring tools for Windows

I am running a Windows 2008 server and it has a VMWare Workstation VM on it for another Windows 2008 server.

I need to make sure that it stays up in case the server goes down or something happens and it doesn't start. Is there a simple way of doing this?

I thought of a batch file that checks for it to be running using the windows task scheduler, but is that really the best way?

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marked as duplicate by Joel E Salas, Michael Hampton, mulaz, Magellan, Ward Oct 18 '12 at 1:36

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There are a lot of monitoring solutions out there. SCOM, OpsView, Nagios, Cacti, Zabbix, etc. Look at them and pick one that suits your needs. If a ping script in a scheduled task meets your needs, then use that.

On a side note: You really really shouldn't be running a production server inside of VMWare Workstation as your tags imply. It's a desktop virtualization product, not a server virtualization one. Consider using Hyper-V Server or ESXi instead and running both 2008 servers as VMs. As a worst case, enable the Hyper-V role on the existing 2008 physical machine and migrate the VMWare Workstation VM to Hyper-V.

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Great, I'll check them out and look at Hyper-V also. – ErocM Oct 16 '12 at 15:44

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