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Create an alert

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To create an alert

  1. Open Performance.

  2. Double-click Performance Logs and Alerts, and then click Alerts.

    Any existing alerts will be listed in the details pane. A green icon indicates that an alert is running; a red icon indicates that an alert has stopped.

  3. Right-click a blank area of the details pane and click New Alert Settings.

  4. In Name, type the name of the alert, and then click OK.

  5. To define a comment for your alert, along with counters, alert thresholds, and a sample interval, use the General tab.

    To define actions that should occur when counter data triggers an alert, use the Action tab. To define when the service should begin scanning for alerts, use the Schedule tab.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group, or the Performance Log Users group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open Performance, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Performance.

  • To save the settings for a counter log, trace log, or alert, right-click the log or alert in the details pane and click Save Settings As. You can then specify an .htm file in which to save the settings. To reuse the saved settings for a new log or alert, right-click the details pane, and then click New Log Settings From or New Alert Settings From. This is an easy way to generate new settings from a log or alert configuration. You can also open the HTML file in Internet Explorer to display a System Monitor graph.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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