We currently have a number of sites spread across the country that have different opening and closing times. Site opening and closing times change based on the day of the week - with occasional changes for days like public holidays or other special events. Also, twice a year we need to change the times due to states that don't have daylight saving time.
I'm setting up my alerting so that we don't alert (or at the very least we supress email notifications) during times when the sites are not open.
Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an easy way to set this up, apart from creating alerts for each site, with alert time schedules for each day of the week in every alert for a site. So right now, if I have 5 different alerts, I need to create these alerts for each site and then a time schedule for each day of the week for each of these alerts. So with 40 sites, that's 200 different alerts and then 1,400 different alert time schedules. Then when daylight savings hits twice a year I need to then change half of these.
Is there an easier way to do this?
Two things I can think of that would help would be saving and reusing Time of Day schedules when creating alerts. i.e. When choosing the Time of Day when creating alerts if you could just select schedules that you have previously created that would help. And then if a schedule needs to be changed, then you would simply change the schedule and it would be valid for all alerts that use that schedule.
Another way that this could be easier is if you could set custom properties for opening and closing times and compare those to the actual time (and day of the week somehow). That would then remove the need to have a separate set of alarms for each site.
If anyone has any ideas on how to accomplish this with the least number of alerts and time of day schedules that need to be created I'd appreciate it.