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Keep Tabs On Your Servers
by Michael E. Callahan aka Dr. File Finder
Businesses and large companies have had servers for quite some time. In the last few years, however, more small businesses and homes have started to have servers. Computer manufacturers have even started creating inexpensive servers so they're more available to average users. If you're going to run a server, however, it's nice to know if it's functioning properly or not. Over the years I've looked at quite a few software programs for monitoring servers. Recently I found a new one that I'm really impressed with called Simple Server Monitor. So, let's take a look at how this product can help you keep tabs on your servers.
Simple Server Monitor really is simple to setup and run. You certainly don't have to be a network manager in order to use it. In testing it out I found it to be both intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for both new and experienced users. Whether you're monitoring one server or ten, the program is perfect for giving you all the information you need. In setting up a server you enter the server name, a "friendly" name, and a location. You can enable the monitor and also set-up a ping monitor. This will "ping" your server every 15 minutes. Simple Server Monitor can also monitor SMTP and SMTPS, FTP/FTPS, HTTP/HTTPS, POP/POPS, and IMAP/IMAPS. What I love about this is how easy it is to use. With many other programs you have to poke around to find a way to add a new monitor, but not here. On the toolbar there's a handy "Add Monitor" icon that leads to a nifty drop-down list. Just click the icon and pick the monitor that you want to add. This makes it really easy to add monitors very quickly. You can also add custom monitors if you like. I like the fact that the program give you complete control over each monitor. You determine how often you want something checked and how long it takes before a monitor times out. Simple Server Monitor has two parts to give you complete coverage. The "monitoring service" installs itself as a Windows service and runs in the background. The console portion of the program lets you configure all the options, monitors, and email, and shows you charts that graphically tell you what's going on. This visual aspect really gives you a total picture of how various aspects of your server are running. Once your monitors are setup you can be notified in a number of ways if there's a problem, or if the problem is resolved. My personal favorite is via email because I can get that no matter where I'm at. Simple Server Monitor lets you customize the emails that are sent both when the server fails and when it recovers. Slick. In addition, you can be alerted via a pop-up, a sound, or you can have a specific application launch. If you wish, you can also have the program keep a log of all the activity. The log file is in comma- delimited format so you can look at it in Microsoft Excel or any other program that supports CSV files. You can also have the program log events to the Windows event log.
Summing It Up!
Simple Server Monitor, by Tartanleaf.com, Inc. is one of the most refreshing and interesting programs I've seen in awhile. I love the interface because it's clean, crisp, and very intuitive. That makes it easy-to-use and that's important, in my opinion, when you're talking about software for monitoring servers. If you're a small to mid-size business this is a perfect program for monitoring 1 server or 20 servers. If you're a home user with a family server this is the program for you as well. In my opinion Simple Server Monitor has all the basic things you need to monitor your server(s) and be alerted when there's a problem. Alerts can come in the form of a sound, launching of a program, a pop-up, or an email. The emails can be customized so they provide you with the information you want. And, when you setup the email alerts you can also test them to make sure they work. Slick.
Simple Server Monitor is an all-around product for keeping tabs on your server. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and in over 25 years of reviewing software there haven't been many of those. So, if you have a server or even a few servers this is the program you want to try out. I recommend it!
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Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.