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How to: Define Transact-SQL Job Step Options (SQL Server Management Studio)

This topic describes how to define options for Microsoft SQL Server Agent Transact-SQL job steps. These options can be defined on the Advanced page of the Job Step Properties dialog.

To define Transact-SQL job step options

  1. In Object Explorer, expand SQL Server Agent, expand Jobs, right-click the job you want to edit, and then click Properties.

  2. Click the Steps page, click a job step, and then click Edit.

  3. On the Job Step Properties dialog, confirm that the job type is Transact-SQL script (TSQL), and then select the Advanced page.

  4. Specify an action to take if the job is successful by selecting from the On success action list.

  5. Specify a number of retry attempts by entering a number from 0 to 9999 into the Retry attempts box.

  6. Specify a retry interval by entering a number of minutes from 0 to 9999 into the Retry interval box.

  7. Specify an action to take if the job fails by choosing from the On failure action list.

  8. If the job is a Transact-SQL script, you can choose from the following options:

    • Enter the name of an Output file. By default the file is overwritten each time the job step executes. If you do not want the output file overwritten, check Append output to existing file. This option is only available to members of the sysadmin fixed server role. Note that SQL Server Management Studio does not allow users to view arbitrary files on the file system, so you cannot use Management Studio to view job step logs that are written to the file system.

    • Check Log to table if you want to log the job step to a database table. By default the table contents are overwritten each time the job step executes. If you do not want the table contents overwritten, check Append output to existing entry in table. After the job step executes, you can view the contents of this table by clicking View.

    • Check Include step output in history if you want the output included in the step's history. Output will only be shown if there were no errors. Also, output may be truncated.

  9. If you are a member of the sysadmin fixed server role and you want to run this job step as a different SQL login, select the SQL login from the Run as user list.

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