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Test alert triggers and actions in the SolarWinds Platform

This SolarWinds Platform topic applies only to the following products:

Hybrid Cloud Observability EssentialsHybrid Cloud Observability Advanced

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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. Navigate to the Alert Manager and create or edit an alert.
  2. Click Trigger Actions or Reset Actions.
  3. Click Simulate next to the alert action you want to test.
  4. Select an object to resolve any variables you have used in your alert action.
  5. 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. In the SolarWinds Platform Web Console, click Alerts & Activity > Alerts, and then click Manage Alerts in the upper right part of the screen.
  2. Click the Action Manager tab.
  3. Select the action you want to test.
  4. Click Test.
  5. Select an object to resolve any variables you have used in your alert action.
  6. 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.