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I've got a big piece of scientific equipment which is hooked up to, and controlled by software running on a Windows PC. Unfortunately the software, provided by the manufacturer, crashes occasionally when nobody is there to watch it. We'd really like a piece of software which could watch the application, and when it crashes, send out an email right away. Is there anything out there like that?

EDIT: we want to monitor the application, which is a normal piece of Windows software, running on the PC. The mention of the equipment was just sort of background to explain why we cared.

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Do you have a mail server on the domain? – Jeff F. Jan 17 '11 at 20:16
Yup, I've got a mail server I can use. – Jay Kominek Jan 17 '11 at 23:10

You are going to need to use some logic here..

Basically.. You need to find some sort of process/thread/task (anything really) that is always running but then freezes/stops responding that sort of thing..

For example, to monitor a specific website's uptime and downtime the specific process/thread/task is the ability to respond to TCP requests on port 80 so when they no longer respond the website is deemed down.

Without having specifics on the equipment I can really only give you a high level overview like that.

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Sorry I was perhaps a little unclear, the application is just a normal piece of Windows software running on the PC. When it crashes, it really crashes, and isn't in the process list anymore. – Jay Kominek Jan 17 '11 at 23:12

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