iSeries text message alerts

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Does anyone know of a cheap solution that will allow mobile phone text alerts to be sent from an iSeries system. Specifically for jobs in MSGW or Threshold warning messages etc.
ASKED: March 30, 2009  10:24 AM
UPDATED: May 29, 2012  10:42 PM

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<a href=”http://www.agentdata.com/data/bluenote.html”>Bluenote is one that I’ve used before.</a> I’m not sure what the costs are, but I don’t think it was so much.

Regards,

Martin Gilbert.

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  • BigKat
    Don't you just have to send an email to phonenumber@carrier.com (or something like this)? I have never done it, but I remember reading it as a tip if you were at your pc and wanted to send a text to someone but had "no bars" where you were at.
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, Some phone providers do support the mailto transport for a text message, but not all of them and some of them need to be setup to be able to work like this and may involve charges. If you're able to do this with your provider and it doesn't cost too much, then it's always an option. If you use a tool like bluenote, there are also costs involved in sending the text messages, you can send through a normal dial-up modem which dials a message center to send the message (which is obviously a cost) or you can have a cellphone attached directly to the i-series whcih sends the text message (also a cost). When I used bluenote, I started sending lots of messages to keep a check on the status of the machine and the nightly processing but got complaints from the management about the costs, so I reduced the number of messages to a minimum. Instead of sending start and end messages for each process in the night processing I only sent start messages, which reduced the number of messages to about half. Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • wpoulin
    So if BigKat is correct, you could use Management Central to monitor the selected messages, execute a trigger program that sends the email message and you've got a solution for free. I am currently using this solution and sending email to both my work and home email accounts for selected messages that appear on the Qsysopr message queue. Hope this helps, Bill Poulin
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  • Bristoldoug
    Hi Guys, Thanks for the great replies. The requirement is for text alerts specifically - email is fine but that still involves manual checks. It's really just to prompt whoever is on call that either a job is in message wait or a storage threshold has been reached. I have looked at Bluenote as a solution - is this the same as gsm?
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, Bluenote sends SMS/Text messages to a GSM phone. It can use a modem or another GSM phone to send the messages. The email that BigKat mentioned is a method of sending an SMS/Text message to a mobile phone via e-mail. This is supported by some of the telephone providers - you'll have to check with your provider whether this is possible. Basically it means that if your i-series is setup for e-mail you can send a message to your GSM by specifying the phone numer and the telephone provider in the email address (for example - 07891234567@orange.co.uk). You could try this from your regular e-mail to see if it works for your phone - worth a try. Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, The example didn't show up too well. I'll try again - the email address would be something like :-
    07891234567@orange.co.uk
    
    Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, Here's a link to an overview of SMS gateways for sending text messages from e-mail. List of SMS gateways. Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • WoodEngineer
    We do exactly what you ask about. We use an RPG program to call API QUSLJOB, then cycle through the jobs looking for status of "MSGW". If found, the program sends a text message to one or more cell phones. I don't know where you live. Perhaps in the UK based on your user name, however, I suspect the basics are still the same for sending a text message, as described by Martin Gilbert. Of course, this requires your machine to be configured to send e-mail but that is not hard. In the U.S. you can send a text message to a Verizon user by addressing your e-mail to the cellphonenumber@vtext.com or and AT&T user at number@att.com. It is surprising how well it works. We ran into a bit of a problem sending a text message to a Metro Call pager (now retired) but fixed the problem by preceeding the number with a blank and putting the whole thing in quotes. Something else we did to fine tune this a bit is that we don't send cell phone messages between 8 AM and 5 PM during the week, because people are here. However, we do send e-mail messages to warn the IT staff of a MSGW status during that time. All this is free. It just takes a little time to program the QUSLJOB routine.
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  • Bristoldoug
    Thanks once again for the great replies guys !
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  • Mell0rman
    I use Halcyon on 50 plus systems its reasonable price and does will do what you want to capture messages. Worth a look if your hunting around
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  • WoodEngineer
    Check out SNDTWEET from Kisco. It was just recently announced. It looks very promising and the price is right.
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  • BigKat
    Bob Cozzi shows how to send Twitter messages for free in this article. Put Your IBM i Server on Twitter
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  • WoodEngineer
    I should have mentioned that the latest version of SNDTWEET can also receive replys from a cell phone and send them on to QSYSOPR. We are just getting starting testing this. Bob Cozzi may have also covered that in his send Tweet program.
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  • Mchaffee
    I have writen a utility that monitors any job with MSGW and send txt msg to cell phones. Let me know if that is what you are looking Your donation will go to the American Cancer Society.
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