Alerts: Stsadm properties (Office SharePoint Server)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

To help users keep track of changes made to a site, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 includes the alerts feature, which is an e-mail notification service. When documents, lists, or items in a list on a server running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are created, modified, or deleted, users can configure which alerts they want to receive, informing them that changes have been made.

Users can create alerts to track items within a site, such as:

  • Lists

    Users are notified of changes to the list, such as when an item is added, deleted, or changed in a list.

  • List items

    Users are notified of changes to a particular item in a list.

  • Document libraries

    Users are notified of changes to the document library, such as when a document is added, deleted, or changed in a document library or when Web discussions are added, changed, deleted, closed, or activated for a document.

  • Documents

    Users are notified of changes in a particular document such as when a document is changed, added, deleted, or closed.

Use any one of the alerts Stsadm properties to configure alerts for your server. For example, specify whether alerts are enabled, whether users are limited as to the number of alerts they can create, and, if so, the maximum number of alerts. You can also specify the times to send out immediate, daily, and weekly alerts.


Before alerts can work for a particular site, outgoing e-mail must be enabled for the server. For more information, see Configure outgoing e-mail settings (Office SharePoint Server).

The alerts properties are part of the setproperty and getproperty operations. The syntax for the setproperty operation is:

stsadm -o setproperty

-propertyname <property name>

-propertyvalue <property value>

**\[-url\] \<URL\>**

The syntax for the getproperty operation is:

stsadm -o getproperty

-propertyname <property name>

**\[-url\]** *\<URL\>*


You can substitute -pn for -propertyname and -pv for -propertyvalue.

The following table describes the alerts properties.

Property name Description


Turns alerts on or off.


Specifies the number of alerts to which a user can subscribe.


Specifies the maximum number of alerts a user can create.


Specifies the frequency to check for alerts that are to be sent immediately.