“Alert Me” Missing in the SharePoint Ribbon


These is a strange issue that “Alert Me” button Missing in the SharePoint Ribbon but only for a few site collections and for one complete web application. Check the following paths in central administration.

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  • Central Admin –> Systems settings –>E-Mail and Text messages –> Configure outgoing email settingsoutgoingemailsettingsfarm-outgoingemail
  • Also make sure the web application outgoing email settings are filled as well.

webapplication-outgoingemail

But in this case some web applications are showing “Alert Me” button and this I vaguely remembered something with STSADM commands, and this was suggested by me to the customer to disable alerts for any restored databases from prod to test to stop the site collection from sending alerts to users.

There is a STSADM property which is by default enabled and we can turn the property to false for each site collection or to a complete web application.

#To disable alerts, use the following syntax:
stsadm -o setproperty -url http://server_name -pn alerts-enabled -pv false

#To view the setting for the alerts-enabled property, use the following syntax:

stsadm -o getproperty -url http://server_name -pn alerts-enabled
PS C:> stsadm -o getproperty -url http://teams.contoso.com -pn alerts-enabled

<Property Exist="Yes" Value="no" />

PS C:> stsadm -o setproperty -url http://teams.contoso.com -pn alerts-enabled -pv true

Operation completed successfully.

The following documentation will be helpful to start on this: Here

At the time of this writing these details applies to SharePoint 2010.

 

tags: SharePoint 2010, powershell, SharePoint Alerts, STSADM