Receive and respond to email alerts
Email notifications from xMatters include rich content, such as different fonts, colors, images, tables, and hyperlinks. To respond to an alert, click one of the response links in the message body (in this case, Accept or Reject):
Email notifications can be highly customized to include more information about an event, and may provide several response links that enable you to directly control the event on the management system. The example below illustrates how an email from an integrated management system might appear on a mobile phone equipped with an email browser.
The available responses allow the recipient to control the event flow, or even open the event on the originating management system:
Some devices and email clients cannot display HTML messages and will convert them to plain text, which displays only basic alphanumeric characters, typically in a standard font. For plain-text messages, you will be asked to reply to the email with a specific keyword in the subject line, followed by your response choice. Ensure that you follow the instructions outlined in the message text exactly as specified.
Depending on your email client and its settings, plain-text email will be displayed in one of two ways:
- Some email clients (such as Microsoft Outlook) display text that is identical to an HTML email including clickable response links, but with other HTML elements such as color and graphics removed.
- 'Pure' plain-text email clients display an alternative plain-text message that requires the recipient to respond by typing a response in the subject line and sending the message back to xMatters.
The following screenshot shows a plain-text email as it is displayed in Microsoft Outlook. To respond to this style of plain-text alert, click one of the response links (in this case, Accept or Reject).
The following example shows a plain-text email with response instructions rather than response links. To respond to this style of plain-text alert, type the keyword “RESPONSE” in the subject line, followed by a single space, and then one of the options listed. For example, you might respond with "RESPONSE ACCEPT". This response should be the only text in either the subject of the email, or the first line in the body of the email message.
It is important to include the entire message in the response. Without the message text, xMatters may not be able to associate the response with the correct event.
You can include a comment when you respond to a plain text email notification. Use comments to record additional information about your status on the Tracking tab of the events report.
To respond to an email notification with a comment, reply to the email the same way you reply to a plain-text email notification and type the comment after the response choice. For example, to reply ACCEPT to a message with the comment "Servers are experiencing a DDOS attack", reply to the email message and replace the subject with "RESPONSE ACCEPT Servers are experiencing a DDOS attack".
You cannot include a comment if you respond to an event by clicking the response links within the body of an HTML email notification.
For more information about viewing comments in the event report, see Tracking Report.