AlertMail enables users to receive system events by e-mail instead of using SNMP traps. AlertMail is completely independent from SNMP, and both can be enabled at the same time. AlertMail uses standard SMTP commands to communicate with an SMTP-capable mail server. The “reply to” address for each e-mail sent by AlertMail will be <Enclosure Name>@<Alert Sender Domain>. To enable the AlertMail feature, select the Enable AlertMail checkbox.

To test the AlertMail function, ensure that the email address, alert sender domain, and SMTP server settings are correct. Select Send Test AlertMail. To confirm the test completed successfully, verify the recipient email account.

HP BladeSystem 110949 AlertMail

NOTE: The Alert Sender Domain might not be needed. This field depends on the mail server setup.


Possible value


E-Mail address


A valid e-mail address for the administrator or other designated individual receiving the alert mail

Alert Sender Domain

A character string including all alphanumeric characters, the dash (-), and the period (.)

The domain in which the Onboard Administrator resides

SMTP Server

  • IPv4 address—###.###.###.### where ### ranges from 0 to 255
  • IPv6 address—####:####:####:####:####:####:####:#### where #### ranges from 0 to FFFF.
  • DNS name—1 to 64 characters including all alphanumeric characters and the dash (-)

An IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or the DNS name for the SMTP server

  1. Select the Enable AlertMail checkbox to enable the AlertMail feature.
  2. Enter values for the e-mail address, alert sender domain, and SMTP server.
  3. Click Apply to save settings.

AlertMail, if enabled, sends alerts by e-mail for the following events:

  • Enclosure status change
  • Enclosure information change
  • Fan status change
  • Fan inserted
  • Fan removed
  • Power supply status
  • Power supply inserted
  • Power supply removed
  • Power supply overload
  • Blade inserted
  • Blade removed
  • Blade status
  • Blade thermal condition
  • Blade fault
  • Blade information change
  • Tray status change
  • Tray reset
  • Switch connect
  • Switch disconnect

All e-mails have the following header:

From: Enclosure ENCLOSURE-NAME <enclosure-name@serverdomain>

Date: Date in standard format



Where SEVERITY is one of the following (from highest to lowest):

  • # FATAL
  • # NORMAL

Each subject line contains a unique sequence number to easily identify the order of events in case the mail server distributes them in the wrong order. Sequence numbers range from 0 to 999 and start again at 0.

The mail body is used to give more detailed information regarding the event issued. It also contains information on what the user should do to correct any issue and what the current enclosure status is.

NOTE: The enclosure status is displayed as the status at the time the event was processed which can cause the status to show up as OK in an e-mail saying a Fan has Failed, if the user has already replaced the fan at the time the event was sent out by AlertMail.

Sample e-mail

Subject: HP AlertMail-010: (CRITICAL) Power Supply #1: Failed

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2006 15:02:22 +0200

From: Enclosure EM-00508BEBA571 <>

To: user@domain

X-OS: HP BladeSystem Enclosure Manager

X-Priority: 1

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

EVENT (26 May 07:09): Power Supply #1 Status has changed to: Failed.

Enclosure, EM-00508BEBA571, has detected that a power supply in bay 1 has changed from status OK to Failed.

The power supply should be replaced with the appropriate spare part. You can ensure that the center wall assembly is operating correctly by swapping the two power supplies. Make sure that there are no bent pins on the power supply connectors before reinserting and that each power supply is fully seated.

An amber LED on the power supply indicates either an over-voltage, over-temperature, or loss of AC power has occurred. A blinking LED on the power supply indicates a current limit condition.

Enclosure Status: Degraded

Enclosure Management URL: