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$199 (download), $210 (package)
you run a small single segment or a large multi-site, multi-segment
network you know that you have to keep an eye on your servers.
If you're an administrator, you know it's next to impossible
to sit and watch the server(s) all day. So you're in a quandary.
You don't want your users calling you with the news that the
database server is down and you can't afford the time to learn
nor the investment to buy a product like Unicenter. Until
now your choices were limited. Alchemy Eye gives you another
program takes a fairly simple approach to watching your servers
and at the same time allows you considerable flexibility.
If you just want to know the server is up, you can define
a simple ping (if you happen to have some older Netware running
versions older than 5.x you can use IPX to verify the server
is alive). Alchemy Eye also allows you to test services, disk
space, database connectivity and others. I set it to test
the available disk space on an NSS volume mounted on a Netware
6 box. I set the test size over the available disk space and
turned it on. It tested the server and reported the volume
as being out of disk space and showed remaining free space.
I then edited the properties and set it below available disk
space. When it ran the check it then showed the server as
being OK. It worked similarly on an NT box.
the program is opened there are three panes. The left pane
starts with a folder called All Servers, when selected it
shows the servers you have configured in the right pane. The
bottom pane shows a real-time log of whatever server tests
are running along with the results of the tests. You set up
servers by either clicking the plus button or right clicking
in the right pane and selecting Add Server or by pressing
the Insert key. In the new server dialog you can set up everything
you need to test the server. A basic ping test takes about
60 seconds to set up. In the General section you put in the
server's name and select ICMP under Check Type. Click the
Ping on the left side and enter the server's IP address. Click
OK. How much simpler could it be?
setup above doesn't do much by itself except log the results
in the bottom pane of the main Alchemy Eye screen. But I wanted
to show just how simple and quick a live server test can be.
While you are configuring the server or by editing the configuration
later, you can set alerts. These are pretty flexible. You
can tell the program to send an alert when the server wakes
up, goes down or both. You can configure the server to send
notifications to other machines, send e-mail notifications
and to display a message box on the local computer.
right clicking in the left pane you can add folders. I added
a Netware and Linux folder. I then dragged my servers from
the right pane to the folders and dropped them in the appropriate
folder. This gives you a nice way to group the servers by
OS or database type or whatever suits your needs.
can down load a trial version from the web site. It's definitely
worth a look.
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