I would like to create an alert on the central admin Health Reports list (http://server:8080/Lists/HealthReports/AllItems.aspx) if that is possible.

I have created an alert with:

  • Change Type=All changes
  • Send Alerts for These Changes=Anything changes
  • When to Send Alerts=Send notification immediately

The alert seems to create okay, I get the standard creation email:

'xyz' has subscribed you for alert 'Review problems and solutions' on 'Central Administration'. You will receive alerts according to the delivery method, timing and criteria that were selected when the alert was created. You can change this alert or any of your other alerts on the My Alerts on this Site page.

But then when I delete some of the warnings, and re-generate them, I don't get any alerts.

Has anyone got this working?

  • I am facing the same problem. I have created an alert with exactly the same settings. I have found this on technet (see [1]): Farm administrators can configure specific health rules to do the following:<br> [...]<br> - Receive e-mail alerts when problems are found.<br> [...] Perhaps this means one can only create email alerts for specific rules. This would confuse me, because I think the HealthReports is just another SharePoint list where you can create alerts ad libitum. Is it possible to create an alert on the list or only on single items? &nbsp; [1] technet.microsoft.com/en-us/librar
    – user2324
    Feb 3, 2011 at 13:35

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I ran into the same problem on my development instance. I checked the job status for the Immediate Alerts job and there was not one listed for the Central Admin web application.

I opened up the SharePoint Management Shell and checked if this was enabled for the CA site with the following command

stsadm -o getproperty -pn job-immediate-alerts -url http://server:port

This command returned

<Property Exists="No"/>

So I set the property with the following command

stsadm -o setproperty -pn job-immediate-alerts -pv "every 5 minutes between 0 and 59" -url http://server:port

I checked the job status in CA and there is now a job for Immediate Alerts for this web application. After about 5 minutes the emails started appearing.

I checked a couple of other CA instances in our development environment and they were configured the same way. It was at least off by default for our installation settings.

  • Was this in Sharepoint 2007, or 2010? I just tried that command on SharePoint 2010 and got "The server administration programs and the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web applications on this Web server are not compatible..." I haven't been able to find any equivalent in PowerShell.
    – user6388
    Jan 13, 2012 at 0:27
  • This was on 2010 server edition.
    – Rich Ross
    Jan 19, 2012 at 2:14

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