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I am planning to do lot of changes to sharepoint site but I want to temporarily disable the emails notifications (Alerts) for the users while I am doing those changes. Could you please suggest how can I turn off the alerts.

I tried to turn off the alerts through central admin > general settings and also through stsadm command but it didnt work, users are still getting the emails.

Any Idea?

Thanks.

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Have you tried to delete it from Site actions>>Site settings>>Site administration>>alerts? –  user7400 Jan 23 '13 at 15:16
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I dont want to delete the alerts. Want to keep the alerts of users but want to disable them. –  RHM Jan 23 '13 at 16:17
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Right..my bad! Can you confirm that you turned it off by selecting your web application>>clicking on General settings? Another option is just deleting the outgoing SMTP Server from you system settings (CA). You can do this if you do not have a necessity for any other email functionality, since it is a temporary change. make sure you copy the server name before you delete it though. –  user7400 Jan 23 '13 at 17:09
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