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syspolicy_policies (Transact-SQL)

Displays one row for each Policy-Based Management policy in the instance of SQL Server. syspolicy_policies belongs to the dbo schema in the msdb database. The following table describes the columns in the syspolicy_policies view.

Column name

Data type

Description

policy_id

int

Identifier of the policy.

name

sysname

Name of the policy.

condition_id

int

ID of the condition enforced or tested by this policy.

root_condition_id

int

For internal use only.

date_created

datetime

Date and time the policy was created.

execution_mode

int

Evaluation mode for the policy. Possible values are as follows:

  • 0 = On demand

    This mode evaluates the policy when directly specified by the user.

  • 1 = On change: prevent

    This automated mode uses DDL triggers to prevent policy violations.

  • 2 = On change: log only

    This automated mode uses event notification to evaluate a policy when a relevant change occurs and logs policy violations.

  • 4 = On schedule

    This automated mode uses a SQL Server Agent job to periodically evaluate a policy. The mode logs policy violations.

NoteNote
The value 3 is not a possible value.

policy_category

int

ID of the Policy-Based Management policy category that this policy belongs to. Is NULL if it is the default policy group.

schedule_uid

uniqueidentifier

When the execution_mode is On schedule, contains the ID of the schedule; otherwise, is NULL.

description

nvarchar(max)

Description of the policy. The description column is optional and can be NULL.

help_text

nvarchar(4000)

The hyperlink text that belongs to help_link.

help_link

nvarchar(2083)

The additional help hyperlink that is assigned to the policy by the policy creator.

object_set_id

int

ID of the object set that the policy evaluates.

is_enabled

bit

Indicates whether the policy is currently enabled (1) or disabled (0).

job_id

uniqueidentifier

When the execution_mode is On schedule, contains the ID of the SQL Server Agent job that runs the policy.

created_by

sysname

Login that created the policy.

modified_by

sysname

Login that most recently modified the policy. Is NULL if never modified.

date_modified

datetime

Date and time the policy was created. Is NULL if never modified.

When you are troubleshooting Policy-Based Management, query the syspolicy_conditions view to determine whether the policy is enabled. This view also displays who created or last changed the policy.

Requires membership in the PolicyAdministratorRole role in the msdb database.

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