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Availability of the WCF service

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 08, 2010    Points: 0   Category :WCF
Hi, I'd like to monitor the health of the WCF service. But I don't want to call operations of the service. Is it possible to use Mex endpoint or something like HttpRequest to ...?wsdl to make sure the service is not down? I know that OpsMngr2007 use something  like that to measure the WWCF service health. Or is there others popular and easy methods?

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