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Monitoring Desktops

From: Graham Smith
Subject: Monitoring Desktops
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2023 17:50:57 +0000

Hi, Has anybody successfully used Monit to alert on desktop outages? We have a number of desktops in student labs (University) on a campus. Although used heavily, we could legitimately find one pc in the corner of a room which simply has been unplugged for a day or two but is actually fully functional.I'm finding the 64 cycle limit a bit of a struggle. What I'm trying to achieve is to get an alert if a machine hasn't been seen responding to pings for about 3 to 4 days.
After that, it's probably a machine that warrants some investigation for a potential failure. 
Are there any strategies I could consider?
Currently I'm just using lines in a file in the monit conf.d similar to:    check host Room4-36 with address                                                                            if failed icmp type echo count 1 with timeout 1 second for 64 cycles then alert    else if succeeded for 64 cycles then alert
The main monitrc cycle I'd want to check every 5 to 10 mins or so... but because of the cycles 64 limit I'm having to increase that to more than I'd like.
If I increase it to say an hour, a machine could be turned on the off again within that window and I'd not be aware. 
Any ideas or strategies? 

Kind regards,Graham Smith

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