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    SMS notification of failures

    We currently use Ipswitch What's Up Gold to monitor our network. As part of this notifications can be sent via SMS.

    I was wondering if anyone else uses SMS for notification of failures of servers / switches, and who you use to provide the SMS service.

    I've just been looking at FastSMS which might fit the bill.

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    Is there also a cheaper way to achieve this? The SMS message handling seems cheap at £10 for 100 messages (if i'm reading that right!)

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    This account has a 90 day time limit.

    The next step up is £80.

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    Currently I don't do it, but if I did I'd use csoft
    (because I have an account there and use it for texting, I never figured out that stupid autocomplete text - I need a real keyboard).

    I'd then use one of these scripts http://csoft.co.uk/api to send important server events to me. In practice I just have the servers email me if they have any problems because I'm never that far from a computer.

    edit: this link http://www.csoft.co.uk/sms/example_code/index.htm

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    This account has a 90 day time limit.

    The next step up is £80.
    Which gives 1000 texts with an unlimited life - 8p each isn't bad.


    I've been looking further at this and there are a couple of issues I need to sort out in my head:

    What if one of the following fails-
    email server fails - no SMS
    switch between monitoring server / email fails - no SMS
    switch between email / internet - no SMS
    internet is down - no SMS

    So there will be at least 4 situations where I would be unaware of any problems. Is it still worth sending SMS's without everything being reported?
    Hmmmmm....

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    nokia 5110 with datacable and pre paid sim card plugged directly into serial port on server.

    Relevant software to send messages.

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    What if one of the following fails-
    Redundancy ?

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    Re: SMS notification of failures

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    nokia 5110 with datacable and pre paid sim card plugged directly into serial port on server.

    Relevant software to send messages.
    Linux servers can use gnokii to do this.

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