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Use Gmail to send Orion alert emails

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This article provides steps to use Gmail to send Orion alert emails. 


NPM version 10.1 or later


The following procedure provides the required steps to configure Orion advanced alerts to use Gmail as the SMTP server for alert emails. In the Advanced Alert Manager, edit the Alert to which you wish to add the E-mail action:

  1. Log on to your SolarWinds server using an account with adminstrative privileges.
  2. Click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Alerting, Reporting, and Mapping > Advanced Alert Manager.
  3. Click Configure Alerts.
  4. If you are configuring an existing alert, click the existing alert, and then click Edit.
  5. If you are configuring a new alert, click New.
  6. Configure the General, Trigger and Reset Condition, Alert Suppression, and Time of Day tabs as required.
  7. On the Trigger Actions tab, click Add New Action > Send an E-Mail / Page, and then click OK.
  8. On the E-Mail/Pager Addresses tab, enter your Gmail address in the To: field, and then enter any correctly formatted email address in the From: field.
    Note: The To: field contains the address where you will receive alert emails. The From: field contains the address that SolarWinds will provide as the "source" of the alert.
  9. On the Message tab, edit your alert message, as required.
  10. On the SMTP Server tab configure the following options, as indicated:
    • Hostname or IP Address of SMTP Server:
    • SMTP Port Number: 465
    • Enable SSL
    • Enable This SMTP Server requires Authentication
  11. Enter your Gmail address in the User Name field.
  12. Enter your Gmail password in the Password field.
  13. Confirm your Gmail password in the Re-enter Password field.
  14. Click OK to close the Edit E-Mail Page Action window.
  15. Click OK to close the Edit Alert window.


Open the Gmail account that you are using as the SMTP server and click on the settings Icon on the right of the screen and when this drop down opens select Settings


When the settings open select the Accounts and Import tab



When this opens select the Other Google Account settings



When this opens select the Sign-in & Security >



When this opens scroll to the bottom of the page and switch the Allow less secure apps from Off to ON


Test the email function using a live or simulated alert.

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