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Whistle Blower

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Shareware; $49-90

Current Version: 3.0 (April 1, 2002) / 3.1 (May 6, 2003)

Whistle Blower (formerly Server Sitter) is a network monitoring utility. It's very easy to use and has a simple but elegant interface. It can perform regular checks of your servers and alert you if any of them fail to respond, and it can send email to you or your pager. It can also react to the failure by performing an action. Server Sitter can launch AppleScripts or other files to respond and can also control up to 4 powerkey modules connected to the machine to force restart a hung server. Version 3.1 - for OS 9 and OS X only - addresses the following:

  • Email Cycle Task Send an email and receive the email to check every part of an SMTP/POP system.
  • SMTP Authentication Email alerts and reports can be sent through SMTP servers requiring authentication.
  • HTTP Action Make an http connection in response to an outage.
  • Improved OS X Performance and OS X Only Features:
    • Shell Script Task validate the return from a shell script.
    • Shell Script Action run a terminal command in response to an outage.
    • Log to Syslog Send log entries to the system log.
    • No longer runs as root Easier install no longer requires administrator password.

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