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Sharepoint WSS 3.0 Alerts don’t work

After migrating this blog from my old 2008 RC1 server to a new 2008 RTM server, I noticed that my Sharepoint alerts stopped working. I was still getting an email message when I created a new alert definition, but when an alert should have been triggered, I was not getting an email.

Conclusion : the mail server setup works fine, no issues with antivirus products. So it must have been something else.

This is a high-level overview of what I’ve done to fix the issue

First, make sure the account that is used to run the "Windows Sharepoint Services Timer" Service has access to the content database(s) of your Sharepoint site(s).

Next, determine the url of your Sharepoint site. In my case, this is (you’ll need the URL in the commands below)

Run the following commands : (The first 2 will show you whether alerts are enabled, the last 3 will first disable alerts, enable the timer, and enable alerts again)

stsadm -o getproperty -propertyname alerts-enabled -url

stsadm -o getproperty -propertyname job-immediate-alerts -url


stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname alerts-enabled -propertyvalue false -url

stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname job-immediate-alerts -url -propertyvalue "every 5 minutes between 0 and 59"

stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname alerts-enabled -propertyvalue true -url

Usually, stsadm is located under C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN

After running the two first command again (with the getproperty parameter), I’m now getting

C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN>stsadm -o getproperty -propertyname alerts-enabled -url

C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN>stsadm -o getproperty -propertyname job-immediate-alerts -url

Now restart the "Windows Sharepoint Services Timer" service. After a couple of minutes, the alerts started to flow again.

© 2008, Peter Van Eeckhoutte (corelanc0d3r). All rights reserved.

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