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Tech Tip: Add users to the administrative alerts list

When a dialog box pops up on the server screen and no one is there to see it, is there really a problem? If no one receives administrative alerts from your NT server, you might not know when a problem occurs. To cover your bases, there are two ways to add users to receive these alerts.

The safer option is to use the Server Manager tool. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Server Manager.
  2. From the list of computers, double-click the name of the server for which you want to add users to the alerts list.
  3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Alerts button.
  4. Type the name of the user or computer you want to add in the New Computer Or Username text box, and click Add.
  5. Add additional names if necessary.
  6. Click OK, and exit Server Manager.

If you can't access the console, you can add a user remotely via the Registry Editor. Follow these steps:

  1. Start Regedt32. (It's easier to make this particular change using this version of the Registry Editor rather than Regedit.)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\
  3. Double-click the AlertNames key, which opens the Multi-String Editor.
  4. Enter the names of the users or computers that you want to receive alerts. Use a separate line for each name.
  5. Click OK, and close Regedt32.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

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