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Just started working on a large data warehouse project that runs some large ETLs every night. In the event of an error I receive an email, but I was hoping to somehow create something that will automatically call me, so I don't have to wake up and check my email at 4 every morning to make sure the ETLs finished properly. I know I can setup an SMS pretty easily, but I don't think that will be enough to wake me up :)

Anyone have any experience trying to do this before?

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Is this on Windows? Linux? Do you have a modem available and a physical phone line? – Josh Budde Oct 14 '09 at 18:24
It's on windows, and I would probably be able to setup a phone line and modem, – Ryan M Oct 14 '09 at 20:42

SMS seems a good mechanism for this. Can't you just set up a louder notification signal on your cellphone? ;-)

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if you are not responsible for network infrastructure and it is pretty reliable - you can use command-line based sip client to initiate a call and possibly some voice synthetizer to read messages. nagios will provide you a nice framework to orchestrate the checks.

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Have a look at:

  • is this the sort of thing you're looking for?
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Basically that is what I'm looking for, but it has a lot of extra fluff I don't need. All I need is just to set it up so I will get a phone call when there is a failure. I was hoping to see if there was an easy way to implement it myself. But if not, this looks like a good option. – Ryan M Oct 14 '09 at 20:41
Yes - just to say this service is currently free (from looking at the site), so no harm in trying it out... – Anonymous Oct 15 '09 at 5:40

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