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[SharePoint 2013] - Create SharePoint Alerts for AD Groups RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi.

    I'm just trying to add an alert notification on a document library for an Active Directory Group. This AD group is set Universal and Security. I've already create à Distribution List in Exchange mapped to my AD group (with e-mail address appears into AD & Exchange).

    In SharePoint, when I try to create an alert for this AD group or this Distribution List, I cannot find anyone. I've tried too with all my AD groups, my distribution lists and none are found. (But users of my domain are).

    For the current context, I have 2 servers in my farm : 1 for SharePoint Server 2013 Standard and 1 for SQL Server 2008R2 (in french for all products). I have an AD 2008 and Exchange 2010 too.

    User Profile service is not deployed, my customer only use Managed Metadata and Search Services.

    Is this a configuration issue or a bug ?

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:46 PM

Answers

  • I'm suggesting that you try adding the AD group by giving it permissions directly to see if SharePoint will recognize it like a user.  As I said, alerts are designed to work with users, not groups or distribution lists.  If you can trick SharePoint into thinking the group is a user it might work.  Otherwise I think you are just out of luck.  Assigning alerts to a group just isn't part of the design.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
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    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:16 PM

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  • Have you tried adding the AD group as a user in the SharePoint site through site permissions?  Alerts really aren't designed to work with groups, they are designed to work with users, either SharePoint or AD.  If you add the group as a SharePoint user and make sure it has an email address in SharePoint you might be able to add an alert notification for it.  I haven't tried it so I can't guarantee that it will work.  But I do know it won't work without at least adding the group as a SharePoint user.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
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    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:29 PM
  • Hi Paul.

    Yes my AD groups are in some SharePoint groups with several rights (read, collaboration).

    In the people picker of "Add new alert" page, I can't find AD or SharePoint groups... 

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:46 PM
  • I'm suggesting that you try adding the AD group by giving it permissions directly to see if SharePoint will recognize it like a user.  As I said, alerts are designed to work with users, not groups or distribution lists.  If you can trick SharePoint into thinking the group is a user it might work.  Otherwise I think you are just out of luck.  Assigning alerts to a group just isn't part of the design.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:16 PM
  • This appears to be a bug:

    http://sharepoint.nauplius.net/2013/10/setting-sharepoint-alerts-on-active-directory-security-groups/


    Trevor Seward, MCC

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    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:26 AM
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  • This appears to be a bug:

    http://sharepoint.nauplius.net/2013/10/setting-sharepoint-alerts-on-active-directory-security-groups/


    Trevor Seward, MCC

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    Broken link ;-(

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    Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:39 PM
  • Here you go: https://thesharepointfarm.com/2013/10/setting-sharepoint-alerts-on-active-directory-security-groups/

    Trevor Seward

    Office Servers and Services MVP



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    Thursday, January 24, 2019 9:45 PM
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