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How to Set Up Email Notifications for Your Windows Home Server

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Since our home servers are constantly on, and often headless, it is nice to know when certain events happen on your server without having to log in and check all the time. This is where email notifications save the day.

To set up E-Mail notifications in Windows Home Server, the first thing you going to want to do is fire up the Dashboard.

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Once the Dashboard has opened, click on the notifications button

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That will open the Alert Viewer where you can click on the Set up email notification for alerts link

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Now click on the enable button which will bring up a screen where you can enter details for your SMTP Server. You can use any SMTP Server but I have opted to set up a dedicated E-Mail account for my home server on my personal domain, which utilizes Google Apps, so I will be using the standard GMail SMTP Server. When you are done click on the Ok button.

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Type in a list of people you want to be able to receive the alerts sent by Windows Home Server and click on the Apply and send email button.

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After a short period you should see a confirmation that the test E-Mail was sent successfully.

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If I go and check my mail I will see a test email in my inbox that confirms future notifications will be sent to me.

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Microsoft has a list of popular SMTP Servers, as well as a list of which events result in a notification which can be found over here.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 02/22/12

Comments (9)

  1. foreverlinux

    great, thank you!

  2. Ashish Jain

    Thanks for the valuable information.
    Just curious to know, from where we can download the Windows Home Server. Like for Win7 there are evaluation builds, is it available for Windows Home

  3. Screwtape

    Is there any way to do this with the original WHS (not WHS 2011)?

  4. Gary

    Great documentation. I, too, would like to know if something like this, shown for WHS 2011, is available for the earlier version of WHS? I have old & new WHS running at home (old for backups, new for storage & media). Had numerous issues with NOT being able to get Connector software to install from WHS 2011, so just left it with this dual server config.

  5. Gary

    After leaving my previous message, I Googled looking for a solution & found the Remote Notification add-in for the older WHS. Installed it & appears to be working ok, but time will tell.

  6. Gary

    To the fellow (Ashish Jain) asking about demo. WHS 2011 cost me $49.46 for the OEM product. It’s dirt cheap so I don’t think they have evaluations.

  7. Taylor Gibb

    yeah but you need the remote notification add-in

  8. Matt

    ummm…. HOW DID YOU GET SECURITY ESSENTIALS INSTALLED?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  9. Matt

    oops never mind – i’m exhausted.

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