Friday, May 06, 2005

Changing the Monitoring Alerts & Server Status Reports "from" address

I'm not a Value Added Provider, or Value Added Reseller, but I do manage more than one Small Business Server site, and I tell you, it gets VERY confusing when you have a bunch of server status reports show up in your inbox and you have to dig through them to figure out which server they are for.

Well, we can change all this.

Server Status Reports
The server status and server usage reports get the company name from the registry. Primarily the "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer" key under the "RegisteredOrganization". Whatever this is set to, is the displayname of the server status reports.

Instant Alerts
Many times the server sends you an instant alert (like when the WWP service is stopped, or something is consuming too much memory). You can change who this is from by going to:

  1. Start, Administrative Tools, Health Monitor.

  2. Opening {ServerName}, Actions, and then right-clicking on Email ... and choosing Properties.

  3. On the Details tab, you can specify the email address you want to send to and from (although the to is easier to set in the Monitoring Configuration Wizard).

Now you'll be easily able to distinguish alerts for each site


CL said...

Cool site. Very informative. I really admire tech people for their patience in dealing with some difficult people.

Good job.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sean, I have a few sites I've had subcontractors set up - and they failed to follow our Documentation properly.

This was just one of the issues we needed to resolve - so your article has helped us a lot.

Cheers, Jason