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I have some search alerts that have been set up for users based on search results. We have some admins who create these alerts for other people. I am trying to find out a way to determine who created the alert instead of who is subscribed to it?

Is this possible?

I looked at the spalert properties however it appears as though SPAlert.User is the person who is subscribed to it.

I also cannot seem to find it in SPAlert.Properties either.

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I've been working with alerts on and off for a few years and still have not found this particular bit of information... – Dave Wise Mar 19 '13 at 14:42
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there is no solution for this! Iv checked and sharepoint doesnt store who created the alert in the wss_content database under SchedSubscriptions table.


Youll have to make your own! sorry! I presume when you say:

We have some admins who create these alerts for other people

You mean that they must be using "SubNew.aspx", goto 12hive or 14hive -> select templates -> layouts:


C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS


C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\14\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS

look for the file "SubNew.aspx". You need to make a delegate control

basicly a feature that intercepts that aspx so that it will use your version instead! You need to ammend the aspx page to contain the feilds you want (user input) like so:

        <wssuc:InputFormSection runat="server"
            Description="Alert creator"
                <wssuc:InputFormControl runat="server">
                        <wssawc:InputFormTextBox Title="fghfghfghgfhf" class="ms-input" ID="TextTitleAlert" Columns="35" Runat="server" MaxLength=255 />

and do some working out or pickup the input in codebehind.


if your like me use codebehind that is called when the user clicks on a button (create alert), it will do its stuff but also writes to the DB in a new table that contains the alert ID, alert Name, creation Time and Creator.

That should do the trick ;)

sorry there isnt an easyeir method! nothing is easy in sharepoint and this simple thing like alert creator just doesnt exist so you would need to create a custom way of recording and retriving :)

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Not what I was hoping to hear but at least I wasn't just blindly overlooking something...thanks. – BlueBird Mar 20 '13 at 12:18
no probs, happy to help! – ali Sharepoint Mar 20 '13 at 12:39

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