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[Review] Server Health Notifier

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Trogon Software’s Server Health Notifier [1]

Version reviewed:

v1.2 Build 01

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista or Server 2003/2008; 5 Mb free disk space

Price:

$19 but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com [2]!

Software description:

Powerful, simple and easily configured application for notifying about the system resources problems of a local or remote computer. With the help of this product you’ll be instantly informed of your server problems! You’ll be able to specify critical values for every monitored resource. When exceeding the critical level, you’ll be sent an e-mail or shown a balloon or message box with the detailed information or the specified program will be executed.

Monitoring available resources: CPU Usage, Memory Usage, Page File Usage, Threads, Process, Web Server Connections, Network Usage, Disk Usage.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”9″}Learning to use Server Monitor Notifier is a little bit confusing but once you learn how to use it, it is fairly easy to use.
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{for=”Performance” value=”5″}For monitoring, it works well although there is no option to control at what intervals the monitoring occurs. However, the e-mail notifications are not working properly, they do not support SSL, and I have found is the start/stop buttons don’t correspond properly with the stop/start options via the system tray icon.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”3″}Very few people will find this useful.
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{for=”Price” value=”6″}$19 is a fair price although but I would like more features to be added before I would purchase.
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”6″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect my overall rating/verdict of the program in which I considered all the features and free alternatives.
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Server Health Notifier is a program that monitors various aspects of a computer/server, allows user to set a “threshold” value for each parameter, and notifies the user if the threshold value has been passed. Server Health Notifier allows you to monitor your local computer/server or a remote computer/server.

This is what the main program window looks like:

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As you can see, there are 8 parameters that SHN (Server Health Notifier) can monitor:

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You can enable/disable the monitoring of each individual parameter (check/uncheck the respective boxes) or you can start/stop the monitoring of SHN in general (via the start/stop buttons at the top).

For each parameter you are allowed to set a custom notification/threshold value. If the notification/threshold value is reached or passed by a minimal amount, a “warning” is issued. When the value is passed by a large amount, an “error” is issued. When an “error” occurs, if you have any sort of notification setup, the notification will be executed.

These are the notifications you can have with SHN:

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Take note you must enter your own SMTP server address and authentication information for e-mail.

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As you can see, not only can you set it so a notification is issued, but you have control over how many “errors” have to occur before each specific notification is issued and for the “user interface” and “e-mail” notifications, you can have SHN tell you when the parameters become normal again.

One cool feature of SHN is it allows you to monitor your computer/server locally, or you can monitor a remote computer/server:

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Furthermore, SHN logs all activity so you can always refer to the log for information on what was going on while SHN was monitoring:

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Last but not least, here are the options you have to mess around with:

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Overall, I give Server Health Notifier a thumbs down. These are the reasons why:

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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{rw_verdict2}Server Health Notifier needs a bit of work before its ready for use by any network or system administrator. Thumbs down.
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