Mobile alerting with tracking & escalation for PRTG
Why Enterprise Alert
PRTG can be downloaded here https://www.paessler.com/prtg. PRTG can send out alerts, but alerts are not tracked. Enterprise Alert ensures that alerts are received, acknowledged, and resolved while offering multiple notification channels for alerting a team including email, sms, app notifications, and phone calls. To ensure alerts are received, alert policies offer multiple tier escalations so if the first responders do not acknowledge the alert, another team is notified immediately.
How it Works
Enterprise Alert notifies teams using each users notification profile for the selected notification channel when incoming alert conditions are met. Enterprise Alert provides a central location for all alerts raised to be filtered through and directed to the right team at the right time. Network alerts can be immediately routed to the on call network administrators ensuring that the alert is recevied and acknowledged. Escalation procedures set subject matter experts at the front lines drastically reducing sytem outage times. Enterprise Alert can integrate with PRTG using Rest API, emails, and Webhooks. We are focusing on the email integration for the purposes of this tutorial.
Alerts are sent via email, push, SMS, and or/voice calls.
Staff can acknowledge and take owernship for critical events that occur
Alerts with no response are escalated between teams and even managers
Incoming events are received from PRTG in the form of webhook, Rest API, and emails
On-Call scheduling to alert the right people at the right time
Database and Server Management
How to Integrate
Sending PRTG Alerts to Enterprise Alert
From the PRTG main dashboard Sensors
Find the sensor you wish to create an Alarm for and click on the Sensor:
On the Sensor Overview page click on the Notification Triggers tab
On the Notification triggers page click on the @ action for the triggers you want to send to Enterprise Alert.
In the modal popup scroll down to the Send section and select the Send email option.
Fill out the following boxes using the information setup for the Enterprise Alert System:
1. Sender Email Address: This setting needs to be the email address PRTG uses to send email alerts.
2. Sender Name: This box needs a setting used by PRTG for users to know this email comes from PRTG.
3. Send to Email Address: This setting should be the email address setup in Enterprise Alert.
4. Subject: This holds the information in the email pertaining to the Alert that is going out.
5. Format: This defaults to HTML and can be left as that option but if the system can not read HTML it can be set to Text instead.
6. Priority: This setting defaults to Highest and can be left or changed as needed.
Once the settings are defined click on the Save button at the bottom of the modal popup
1. Give the Sensor a name and select the Incoming Messages>E-mail event source, click on the Next button.
2. On the conditions screen add conditions to set EA to only activate on the email created above. Click on the Next button.
3. Choose the Users/Teams you wish to be alerted and the notification channels you wish to use for the selected teams. Click Next.
4. Enter a Subject and Body of the alert to send to your users. Enterprise Alert allows the use of dynamic content, this forwards the SolarWinds information such as Subject, Text(body), and Originator Address to be included in the message from Enterprise Alert. Click Save.
Notifications within the Enterprise Alert mobile app
The Enterprise Alert mobile app shows alerts for your users. Below we have examples of an open alert, alert details, and a closed alert from the Enterprise Alert mobile app.