Basic server up/down monitoring? Best practices?

Discussion created by taylor.knudsen on Feb 14, 2008
Latest reply on Jul 6, 2012 by RobPol
Fairly new to NimSoft monitoring and I'm really curious about some of the best practises as far as basic server up/down monitoring.  The net_connect is an obvious answer using ping.  But if I have a robot installed, I don't want to necessarliy add it to the net_connect probe just to get basic up/down status on a server.  (extra license and time).  Plus sometimes a server will ping but is not actually available, it's stuck half way up.

I thought maybe using the services probe and monitor a particular service...

Or would using another probe make more sense.  Any ideas, common useage or best practises would be greatly appreciated!!