NetWrix Services Monitor is a new free tool that allows you to monitor the services of multiple servers. When a service fails, NetWrix Services Monitor will either restart the service or reboot the computer. The tool can also be configured to send alerts by email to an administrator.
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What I like about the tool is that one doesn't have to configure which service has to be monitored. NetWrix Services Monitor simply monitors all automatic startup services which makes the tool very easy and fast to set up. If you have a couple of unstable servers, you just have to add their names to the list of machines to be monitored. The number of servers that can be monitored is unlimited.
Keep in mind that the tool doesn't monitor running services that are set to manual startup, and have been launched by an application or another service. If you want to monitor those services, as well, you have to configure them as automatic startup services.
The tool uses the same credentials for all servers. This is okay as long as you only want to monitor servers in a Windows domain, but can be a problem if you have to monitor servers from different domains.
NetWrix Services Monitor probes servers every ten minutes. It is not possible to configure this time interval. Be careful with the reboot feature. If one of the automatic startup services always fails when the server boots up, the computer will reboot in an endless loop.
There is a commercial version of NetWrix Services Monitor. However, it has no additional features. The only difference is that NetWrix offers technical support for paying customers.