How To Get Email Alerts for Missing Heartbeats

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How To Get Email Alerts for Missing Heartbeats

Postby csc » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:34 am

I am using GoDaddy for my email hosting, but I was having trouble sorting through the numerous heartbeat & maintenance routines I was receiving. After coming across I was able to get notifications working. The largest advantage to this method is a unique schedule for each customer, so you can customize it to only alert you if there is a problem. For example, I have clients who do not use their machine every day, then a notification of a missing heartbeat on those days is worthless. I can customize that client to alert me if I have not received a heartbeat every 3 days instead of every day.

1. Sign Up for Gmail
2. Forward your existing email to this account (GoDaddy has a "Remote Email" Tab under Personal Settings)
3. Open this spreadsheet ( and make a copy (File, Make a Copy)
4. Head to and "Start Scripting"
5. Copying and paste the code from
6. Open your new spreadsheet and look in the address bar for your public key
7. Modify "var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();" to say "var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.openById("YOUR_KEY_HERE").getActiveSheet();"
8. Customize your spreadsheet and add your customer alerts
9. Add a trigger (In Google Apps Scripts) to run on a predefined schedule.

Voila! You will now receive predefined emails about missing heartbeats.
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