Getting Alerts From SQL Sentry When You Don’t Have Email

I use SentryOne’s SQL Sentry for my SQL Server monitoring, and it does an excellent job.  However I recently had a situation where I was unable to get email alerts from SQL Sentry.  This was by no fault of SQL Sentry, our email sever was down so I couldn’t get email from anyone.  Even though I watch the SQL Sentry client tool to keep an eye on things, I rely heavily on email alerts for things that may not be obvious through the client dashboard.  So, while my email is down, I start getting the jitters thinking that everything is collapsing behind the scenes now that I’m not watching.

Thankfully, all it took was a quick peek into the SQL Sentry database to find the information I craved.  As I suspected, there is already a view available for querying the alerts that I should have gotten via email.  Now, I will be the first to admit that I know very little about the SQL Sentry database, or the inner workings of it.  The view I am querying may not be the only, or best, place to get this information.  I did not contact SentryOne to verify.  I simply queried the view and saw that the results were consistent with the normal alert notifications that I get via email, and that was enough to soothe my jitters until my email is fixed.

The query below pulls the alerts for the last 7 days.  I am also filtering out the notices about failure sending email, since I know that my mail server is down and SQL Sentry can’t send me email.  If you are going to use this query, I would recommend running it first with no filters so it will return all alerts, then review through those and filter out the ones you do not need.

This query does not select every column available in the view, I filtered the result set down to just what I wanted to see.  Several of the columns I omitted are GUID IDs back to other tables, so you can expand the query to join out to other tables if you are looking for more information.

 

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