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Send text message e-mails from OEM

Expert Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonAugust 15, 2015

Question:  How do I send a text message from the OEM?  I wish to create alerts to send text messages to my phone from OEM.  I am a beginner and want an easy solution to sending OEM text messages to my phone.
Answer:  Sending a text message to your phone is done via e-mail, and start my creating an e-mail address that routes to your texting service on your cell phone.  Then, you need to configure your OEM mail server. 

I don't recommend using OEM for sending e-mail alerts because a custom solution is wide open, you know how it works, end-to-end, and you can customize it far beyond the one-size-fits-all constraints of the OEM Mail Server configuration.  If you know Oracle, you can create a more robust e-mail alert mechanism using PL/SQL and utl_smtp to send text messages.  

For automated notification, a SNMP interface can be easily configured to have OEM send the DBA a notification e-mail whenever the threshold value has been exceeded.  This alert can be an e-mail, a telephone message or an alert on the OEM2GO PDA device.


OEM e-mail server is not as robust as a custom tailored e-mail program

I have more complete details on creating a custom monitoring and e-mail alert infrastructure in my latest book "Oracle Tuning:  The Definitive Reference, 2nd Edition".

For experts, sending e-mails in Oracle is normally done within PL/SQL.  Also, see my notes on using the utl_smtp package for sending e-mails within Oracle to mobile devices.

As for what e-mails alerts to send, you start by defining your own alert thresholds.  You may also want to send email alerts to your SMS mobile device for suspicious alert log messages.

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