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Managing Alert Notifications

Describes how to configure alert notifications.

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Introduction

Notifications are attention-drawing messages that provide you the status of an event. The main purpose of creating notification is to notify a user, user group, or roster about the event. A notification can be sent via email, SMS, or voice and can also be acknowledged directly from the same channels.

Alerts can be escalated as a notification. The alert escalation is based on certain escalation rules. When the rules match, the alerts or the updates on the alerts are sent as notifications to a user, user group, or roster.

Creating notification template

You can configure the notification content of email, SMS, and voice notification for alerts. The template supports custom tokens to add the properties of the alerts.

To create notification template:

  1. From All Client, select a client.
  2. Go to Setup > Notifications > Alerts.
  3. Click Customize Notifications.
    The Email, SMS, and Voice channels appear.
  4. To create a Email notification template:
    1. Provide alert subject.
      Note: Use Tokens to add desired alert details in the alert notifications, in addition to the default values.
      • Multiple tokens can be added by separating each token with a comma.
      • For example, if the subject must contain the alert escalation policy name and the device group name, provide the email subject with tokens $policy.name; $alert.resource.deviceGroups.
    2. Customize the email content using the rich-text editor and tokens. For example, if the details of all correlated alerts of an inference must be visible in the email body, use the Correlated Alerts token as shown in the following screenshot.
      Correlated Alerts Token

      Correlated Alerts Token

    3. Click Save.
  5. To create a SMS notification template:
    1. Customize the SMS text message as per your requirement using the tokens. Note: The maximum size of the message body is 1600 characters. But, globally an SMS can be sent only with 160 characters. Therefore, the message having more than 160 characters is split and sent as multiple messages.
    2. Click Save.
  6. To create a voice notification template:
    1. Customize the voice message body as per your requirement using the tokens.
    2. Click Save.

Alert notifications are sent via the appropriate notification channels as per the configured format or template.

Setting notification preferences

Notification preferences allow channels to be selected for sending alert notifications. This channel is determined by the notification priority.

Notification priority

An escalation notification carries a priority. This priority is used to determine the channel (email, SMS, or voice) where notifications are delivered.

For example, Policy P1 is configured to send Normal priority notifications (for all the matching alerts) to user A. Since the priority of the notification is Normal, user A prefers to receive all Normal notifications only via email and not via SMS or voice. In this case, user A would configure their notification preferences to receive the alerts via email.

To configure the notification preferences:

  1. From Username, click My Profile.
  2. Go to Preferences > Notification Preferences.
  3. Click Edit, select the desired notification channels, and click save.
    Alert Notification Preferences

    Alert Notification Preferences

Enabling SMS and voice notification for an organization

SMS and Voice notification is available as an add-on for partners and clients with Event and Incident Management product package. If the SMS and Voice is a subscribed add-on for a partner, this is applicable for the client.