Viewing the Status of Instances, Applications, and Components

When you administer instances of Notification Services, you might have to query the status of instances, individual applications, and individual application components to determine whether they are running and enabled. You can obtain this information through Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and the nscontrol command-line utility.

You have three options for viewing status:

  • View basic instance status information by clicking the Notification Services instance in SQL Server Management Studio and viewing the status on the Object Explorer Detail page.
  • View application, subscriber, encryption, and Microsoft Windows service information by right-clicking the Notification Services instance in SQL Server Management Studio and selecting Properties. For more information, see How to: View the Status of a Notification Services Instance (SQL Server Management Studio).
  • Display status information in a command-prompt window by running the nscontrol status command. For more information, see nscontrol status Command.

The following table shows the possible status values and the meaning of each value.

Status Description

Enabled

The component is configured to run.

Enable Pending

The component was in the Disabled state before being enabled. This state indicates that the change has not yet been completed by Notification Services engine. If the Notification Services engine is running on the server specified in the application definition, the state should change to Enabled within 30 seconds.

Disabled

The component is not configured to run. When you first create an instance of Notification Services, all components are disabled.

Disable Pending

The component was in the Enabled state before being disabled. This state indicates that the change has not yet been completed by Notification Services engine. If the Notification Services engine is running on the server specified in the application definition, the state should change to Disabled within 30 seconds.

The Notification Services engine updates the status of its components when it starts. If you scale out an instance across multiple computers, you must start all its engines to update all statuses.

Subscribers and subscriptions can have a status of Enabled or Disabled. These components do not depend on the engine.

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