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Program to verify equipment is on a network?

#1rabbi_babyPosted 9/12/2013 12:00:37 PM
Is there a program that will run nightly that can ping locations on an MPLS, then send an email/alert if it detects that it can't ping to an IP on the network?

One of our locations went down last night and AT&T, according to our sales rep, does not notify us when a site goes down. I was wondering if there was a solution that we could deploy on our end to avoid this in the future.

Sorry for the poor wording...it's been a long day..and thanks in advance.
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#2UberLurkerPosted 9/12/2013 12:15:07 PM(edited)
I've done something like this using a combination of a batch file, GBMailer, and Windows Scheduler... not a proper standalone app but it definitely got the job done. You just need a SMTP server you can plug into (which can actually be a bit difficult depending on your work environment).

BTW, there are legitimate enterprise level apps that will do this... HP Openview, Quest Big Brother (haven't used this one in ages though, not sure if it still exists)... there are a bunch of such offerings, you just need to search for real time monitoring software.

FWIW, I even have an app on my Android phone that will do this so they're definitely out there.
#3rabbi_baby(Topic Creator)Posted 9/12/2013 12:21:13 PM
I currently have spiceworks on a box at our central location, is it possible there is a plugin that could shoot me an email or something?
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#4UberLurkerPosted 9/12/2013 12:27:59 PM
I'm not familiar with Spiceworks so I can't really say.

Reading up on Wikipedia says that it's a web-based app for network administrators that helps maintain inventories based on network IPs... makes me think that the framework is already there if such a module doesn't already exist.
#5rabbi_baby(Topic Creator)Posted 9/12/2013 2:07:53 PM
Doh...spiceworks has it built in. And now I get alerts in email and the SW mobile app.

Thanks for the help though!
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#6rabbi_baby(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2013 5:58:24 AM
OH GOD

The account I used was included on a distribution list! Every time the account is emailed, it creates a ticket in spiceworks, which gets a user verification email.

I woke up to 20,000 emails...every everyone else in the company did as well D:
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#7phy2jshPosted 9/13/2013 6:10:22 AM
Don't know what you guys are talking about, but this sounds pretty funny.
#8ChetyrePosted 9/13/2013 6:21:41 AM(edited)
just write a script and schedule it... wouldn't even take 10 lines in bash to ping some site and send an email in case it didn't respond
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