Write Execution Trace Messages to the SQL Server Agent Error Log (SQL Server Management Studio)

This topic describes how to configure Microsoft SQL Server Agent to include execution trace messages in its error log in SQL Server 2012 by using SQL Server Management Studio.

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Limitations and Restrictions

  • Object Explorer only displays the SQL Server Agent node if you have permission to use it.

  • Because this option can cause the error log to become large, only include execution trace messages in SQL Server Agent error logs when investigating a specific SQL Server Agent problem.



To perform its functions, SQL Server Agent must be configured to use the credentials of an account that is a member of the sysadmin fixed server role in SQL Server. The account must have the following Windows permissions:

  • Log on as a service (SeServiceLogonRight)

  • Replace a process-level token (SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege)

  • Bypass traverse checking (SeChangeNotifyPrivilege)

  • Adjust memory quotas for a process (SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege)

For more information about the Windows permissions required for the SQL Server Agent service account, see Select an Account for the SQL Server Agent Service and Configure Windows Service Accounts and Permissions.

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To write execution trace messages to the SQL Server Agent error log

  1. In Object Explorer, click the plus sign to expand the server that contains the SQL Server Agent error log to which you want to write execution trace messages.

  2. Right-click SQL Server Agent and select Properties.

  3. In the SQL Server Agent Properties – server_name dialog box, under Error log on the General page, select the Include execution trace messages check box.

  4. Click OK.