Monitoring your system : Alert email
Alert email
To notify you of serious attack and/or system failure events, you can configure the FortiADC appliance to generate an alert email.
Alerts appear on the dashboard. FortiADC will also generate alert e-mail if you configure email settings and include them in a trigger that is used by system resource thresholds and/or traffic policies.
Alert email are based upon events that are also in log messages. If you have received an alert email and want to know more about the events, go to the corresponding log messages. For information on viewing locally stored log messages, see “Viewing log messages”.
To configure alert email
1. Go to Log & Report > Log Configuration > Alert Mail.
2. Configure the following settings:
SMTP server
Type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN, e.g. or IP address of the SMTP relay or server, such as a FortiMail appliance, that the FortiADC appliance will use to send alerts and generated reports.
Caution: If you enter a domain name, you must also configure the FortiADC appliance with at least one DNS server. Failure to configure a DNS server may cause the FortiADC appliance to be unable to resolve the domain name, and therefore unable to send the alert. For information on configuring use of a DNS server, see “Configuring DNS settings”.
SMTP port
Type the listening port number of the SMTP relay. The default value is port 25.
Email from
Type the sender email address, such as, that the FortiADC appliance will use when sending alert email messages.
Email to
Type up to three recipient email addresses such as Enter one per field.
Enable if the SMTP relay requires authentication.
SMTP user
Type the user name of the account on the SMTP relay (e.g. FortiADC) that will be used to send alerts.
This option is available only if Authentication is enabled.
Enter the SMTP password.
This option is available only if Authentication is enabled.
3. Click Save.
4. Go to Log & Report > Log Configuration > Alert Mail.
5. Select whether to send alert email for specific network events or based on log severity level.
6. Configure the following settings:
Interval Time
If identical alerts are occurring continuously, select the interval between each email that will be sent while the event continues. The default value is 30 minutes.
(No label.)
Select whether you want the appliance to send alert email based on either:
Type of event (Send alert email for the following) — Enable one or more of the following types of events that will trigger alerts.
HA status changes
Administrator login/logout
Configuration changes
Virtual server changes
Router changes
User changes
Severity of event (Send alert email for logs based on severity) — Select the threshold in Minimum log level (see “Log severity levels”).
7. Click Save.
8. Add the appliance’s sender address (in the example above, to your address book. Depending on your antispam software/device, you may also need to adjust other settings to ensure that email from this appliance is not accidentally dropped or tagged as spam.
9. To verify your settings and connectivity to the email server/relay, click Test Connectivity.
See also
Configuring logging