EMCO Updates Network Hosts Monitor with Scheduling Functionality

New version of EMCO Ping Monitor allows IT professionals to organize 24x7 monitoring of network connections to servers, desktops and network devices for detecting connection outages.

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EMCO Software has released a free update for EMCO Ping Monitor 4. The new version 4.7 allows IT professionals and network administrators to use the application 24/7 in an autopilot mode to supervise business-critical network connections to servers and network hardware.

The new functionality helps network administrators define a schedule with time periods when the network hosts should be monitored or paused. It allows running EMCO Ping Monitor in a 24/7 mode and automatic handling of situations when particular hosts are turned off for maintenance or powered off on weekends. The application will keep watching the statuses of all the hosts except for those that are turned off according to the monitoring schedule.

EMCO Ping Monitor is a Windows host monitoring application that tracks connections to multiple network hosts simultaneously by executing pings (ICMP echo requests) regularly at defined time intervals. It collects statistics for every executed ping to calculate high, low and average response times, response time deviation and other parameters that allow evaluating the connection quality and stability. When EMCO Ping Monitor fails to receive ping replies from a host for sequential ping requests, it detects a connection outage and sends notifications about the problem.

The application can send e-mails, show a Windows Tray alert and play sounds in case of detected connection status changes, including connection loss and restore events. All notifications are customizable to allow network administrators, for example, to send different e-mails to different recipients in case of outages of different monitored hosts.

"The new release of EMCO Ping Monitor also includes new notification functionality. In the new version, it is possible to configure the application to repeat notifications until the problem is resolved. For example, the application can play a sound notification in a loop while connection to the monitored host is lost. It guarantees that network administrators will not miss this warning when they come back to the server room after a break during which the problem happened", Thorarinn Oskarsson, CEO at EMCO Software, says.

Network administrators can use EMCO Ping Monitor as a host monitoring system integrated with other applications and IT infrastructure systems. The application allows executing custom scripts and commands in case of connection loss, restoration, and other detected state changes so network administrators can configure custom setups to notify other IT systems of any changes in the monitored hosts' availability. For instance, a network administrator can write a custom script to send an SMS notification through a mobile phone connected to the PC where Ping Monitor is running. The administrator can configure the application to send SMS alerts every time the Internet connection is lost. Such notifications are delivered on time to the mobile phone. EMCO Ping Monitor is capable of tracking connections to thousands of hosts in parallel, so it can be used to monitor the entire corporate server infrastructure.

The free and commercial versions of EMCO Ping Monitor can run on the Windows platform starting from Windows XP through the latest Windows x86 and x64 desktop and server platforms. The free version and a time-limited evaluation of the commercial version can be downloaded directly without registration from emcosoftware.com/ping-monitor and ping-monitor.com/. The free version of the application allows tracking availability of up to five network hosts. The commercial version includes a set of extended features and doesn't have the limitation on the number of monitored hosts. A license for the commercial version costs $49 for a single copy of the application.

More information is available at emcosoftware.com.

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