Creating a Regular or On-Call Distribution List
You can use the VMP Administrator to create
a regular Distribution List (DL). You can specify
that this regular DL is to be an On-Call Distribution List.
A regular DL is any DL other than an Escalation Distribution List, which
is a special case that is created separately.
Open the VMP Administrator application and select Messaging >
and select New Regular Distribution List.
In the Distribution List Name field, enter the name of the
In the Distribution List ID field, enter the ID of the new
Note: When a message is initiated by an external system such as email or WCTP, VMP
uses this ID to determine the DL to which the message is to be sent.
If this Distribution List is to be associated with a site, select the site from the
Site dropdown list.
Sites are available if they have been created on the Vocera Voice Server
the VMP Server
has been integrated. See Vocera Voice Server Integration
information on integrating with the Vocera Voice Server
Select Enable for Texting if you want this DL to be
available to Messaging users.
If Enable for Texting is selected, you can select
On-Call Distribution List to ensure that DL members receive
messages only if their status is On-Call or
Monitor. In the Minimum Users
On-Call field, select or type the minimum number of users that can be
On-Call at any one time.
Note: If a user is having messages forwarded, the user can still be On-Call.
In the Notify On-Call status changes section,
select On-Call to send a notification to a user when the user's status changes
to On-Call. Select Not On-Call to send a notification when
the user's status changes to Not On-Call.
Select Hidden if this DL is to remain hidden. Users can send
messages to members of a hidden DL, but cannot send a message to the DL itself.
Select how users can be added to the DL. You can select either Add
Users Manually or Create DL based on Active Directory
If you have selected Add Users Manually:
Type in the Search field to display only users whose
names contain the search string. Click Clear to clear
the search string.
Select All Users to display all users, or select
VST Users to display Vocera Secure Texting users only. You
can do this for either the list of users that have not yet been added to the DL or the list of users that have been added.
Click to highlight a user, and then click > to move
the user to the Distribution List. You can click to highlight one or many
users. To move all users to the Distribution List, click
If the DL is an On-Call DL:
Select Edit Personal On-Call Status to let users edit
their own on-call status.
Select Edit On-Call Status For All to let users manage
the on-call status for all members of the DL.
In the Current On-Call Status dropdown list, specify the
on-call status for each user. Select Not On-Call,
Monitor, or On-Call.
If you are creating the DL from an existing Active Directory structure, select the
users and groups from the tabbed lists, and click Next.
The DL Access window appears, which lets you select the users and groups who will
have permission to send messages to this DL.
Type in the Search field to display only users whose names
contain the search string. Click Clear to clear the search
Click to highlight a user, and then click > to give the
user permission to send a message to this Distribution List. You can click to
highlight one or many users. To give all users permission to send messages, click
If the new list is an On-Call Distribution List, select the Edit On-Call Status for All
checkbox next to each user who is to be given permission to edit anyone's on-call status.
Note: If a user is both a member of a DL and has permission to send a message to the DL, you can select the
Edit On-Call Status for All checkbox in either this screen or the Users screen.
Selecting either checkbox enables the ability to edit anyone's on-call status.
Click Finish to create the DL.