We always want make a web page that can show the web server status, see if some server is down with a graphic shows, and here we go.


The idea is using vb ping method to get the server response from the IP, and we made a sql database table include all the ips of the servers and server information, write a vb method to test the IP and return a value, on the front end of asp.net, we can use the template filed to utilize that value and generate a graphic within the same row of the table.

Here we focus on ping so won`t give much detail of gridview. Through my table you can roughly see what we have and customize your own table. Basically our table contains general information of our server and switches. To change this we want make a separate page because I `d rather to keep it simple.


We need create a new page p.aspx under our website, and go to p.aspx.vb(I use separated files) put our ping method,

Start with the vb ping method   


Imports System

Imports System.Net

Imports System.Net.NetworkInformation

Imports System.Text


Partial Class p

    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load

    End Sub


    Public Function getPing(ByVal sender As String) As String

        Dim pingSender As New Ping()

        Dim options As New PingOptions()


        ‘ Use the default Ttl value which is 128,

        ‘ but change the fragmentation behavior.

        options.DontFragment = True


        ‘ Create a buffer of 32 bytes of data to be transmitted.

        Dim data As String = “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

        Dim buffer() As Byte = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(data)

        Dim timeout As Integer = 1200

        Dim reply As PingReply = pingSender.Send(Trim(sender), timeout, buffer, options)

        If reply.Status = IPStatus.Success Then

            Return “true.png”


            Return “false.png”

        End If


    End Function

End Class



We can see from the function getPing(<IP>),it will return the value we need. Because I have multiple ping around 10 same time, I put time out as 1.2 sec, otherwise it is not accurate.


In the front end, we put the gridview in, and duplicate one more column as IP column, then we change it into template field. Under template field, we put this in:

<asp:BoundField DataField=”Model_OS” HeaderText=”Model_OS”

                SortExpression=”Model_OS” />


<asp:TemplateField HeaderText=”Status” SortExpression=”IP”>


                    <asp:TextBox ID=”TextBox1″ runat=”server” Text='<%# Bind(“IP”) %>’></asp:TextBox>



                    <asp:Image  ImageUrl='<%# getPing(DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem,”IP”)) %>’ runat=”server” Width=”30″ >





<asp:BoundField DataField=”Note” HeaderText=”Note”

                 SortExpression=”Note” />



Which will load the image through the fuctionPing returned result, and list it on the gridview. And the result look like this:


Sorry due to security issue I have to clean our private data. Hopefully this makes sense. Let me know if you have problem with this tutorial and I will try to help with my limited understanding of it.


Also, it is just an example of how to utilize function in asp.net. as long as we know <%# getPing(DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem,”IP”)) %>, we can put it anywhere using our imagination. Or customize more item template according to your need. Or not even use database if you do not have many ips to monitor. It is flexible.