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Test alert triggers and actions

You do not have to actually experience a device failure to confirm that your alerts are working. The trigger condition is automatically evaluated and trigger and reset actions can be tested individually.

Test trigger conditions

Alert conditions are automatically evaluated on the Summary tab. Scroll to the bottom of the page and view the information box above the Submit button.

Test alert actions while creating or editing an alert

When you simulate actions, the action will be performed regardless of whether the trigger condition is true. If the action sends a message to a recipient, you should reduce the recipient list to yourself and a small number of team members until you are confident the alert is ready to be enabled in your production environment.

The Send Email/Page, Play a Sound, and Text to Speech Output actions do not have to fire. You can view what the message will look like when the trigger or reset action fires without performing the action.

  1. Click Trigger Actions or Reset Actions.
  2. Click Simulate next to the alert action you want to test.
  3. Select an object to resolve any variables you have used in your alert action.
  4. Click Execute. Test email, play a sound, and text to speech actions without sending an email by clicking Simulate.

Test alert actions in the Action Manager

You can also test actions independent of the trigger or reset conditions by using the Action Manager.

  1. Select the action you want to test.
  2. Click Test.
  3. Select an object to resolve any variables you have used in your alert action.
  4. Click Execute. Test email actions without sending an email by clicking Simulate.

After the alert test completes, you can view the results of your alert actions.

  • To view the results of your email alert action, open EvaluationAlertLog in your Orion folder, typically <Volume:>\ProgramData\Solarwinds \Logs\Orion\ActionsExecution.log.
  • To view results of your Syslog message action, click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Syslog and SNMP Traps > Syslog Viewer.
  • To view the results of your Syslog message action, click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Syslog and SNMP Traps > Trap Viewer.