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Issues creating custom alert templates in SharePoint 2010

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I'm trying to customize the alert template for a particular announcement list.  The changes never take effect.  These are a few of the reference resources I've been going off of, trying different methods, but nothing seems to work.  

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepointdeveloperdocs/archive/2007/12/07/customizing-alert-notifications-and-alert-templates-in-windows-sharepoint-services-3-0.aspx

http://www.sharemuch.com/2010/08/15/creating-custom-list-alert-templates-in-sharepoint-2010/

http://www.sharepointdevwiki.com/display/sp2010/Customizing+Alert+Templates+in+SharePoint+Foundation+2010

I want to remove the "Modify my alerts" and "Mobile view" buttons.  Though it's just a particular list right now, I was told that if these buttons come off of all alert emails, that wouldn't be a problem.  I haven't attempted to modify the styles at all, just remove the two buttons.

Is there any way I can tell why my changes aren't taking?
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by:GeorgeGergues
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with those types of changes ( file level )

you might need to recycle the application pool or do an IISRESET

I do recommend that you also restart the Timer service .

Best of luck.
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by:NinjaSquirrel
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I've tried both of those since they were recommended steps in the third article I listed.  It didn't fix the problem.  Any other suggestions?
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by:psv1973
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If there is any process that you migth need to restart then you could try a reboot ( then we've at least figured out if you need to restart anything). If this sorts things out then we can look into the problem further why it's not updating.


Have you had a look in 14/TEMPLATE/XML/ What are the alerttemplate related files? Is your template there?

Also you might want to go through these steps (a lot shorter than the blogs you mentioned):
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb862021.aspx
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by:NinjaSquirrel
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I restarted it and it still isn't showing the changes.  The modified file isn't in the folder and the alerttemplate file is unmodified.  I see no instruction that the modified file needs to go in that folder.  Could that be my problem?
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This is what I did to make this work:
I copied the standard alerttemplates.xml and renamed it. Then modified some of the color codes in the file.
start command prompt ( ensure that you run as administrator!)
cd to 14\bin
STSADM -o updatealerttemplates -url http://myurl -filename c:\mycopyofaletertemplates.xml

tested it and it worked.
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by:NinjaSquirrel
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I followed the same process as you did, didn't get any results, but then rebooted the server again and it finally took.

Thank you.
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