With the release of Microsoft ATA 1.7 today I was pretty excited. I got a hint that a feature request I made was implemented into the product. Prior to ATA 1.7 when configuring there was no good method of verifying mail and syslog alerting. To test and verify the alert configuration, I had to trigger an alert and that seemed unnecessary.
(Probably the easiest alert to trigger BTW is a DNS zone transfer.
Just do a LS yourdomain.name from nslookup against the Domain Controllers.)
After doing a lot of troubleshooting with alerting at one of my installations, and triggering a lot of unnecessary alerts I thought that a «Test mail» button would be really nice on the configuration page. So I reached out on Twitter. I immediately got an answer from Michael Dubinsky (Product Manager lead for Microsoft ATA and a great guy) and he said that he would make it happen.
After quickly upgrading to ATA 1.7 in my lab today (using Windows update – awesome!!), I see something that made my day:
Thanks to Michael Dubinsky and the rest of the Microsoft ATA team for listening to my suggestion and implementing it. Great work!
It will make it much easier to verify alerting. I look forward to further explore the 1.7 release since there is a lot of other exciting stuff.