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sp_update_jobstep (Transact-SQL)

Changes the setting for a step in a job that is used to perform automated activities.

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sp_update_jobstep 
     {   [@job_id =] job_id 
       | [@job_name =] 'job_name' } ,
     [@step_id =] step_id
     [ , [@step_name =] 'step_name' ]
     [ , [@subsystem =] 'subsystem' ] 
     [ , [@command =] 'command' ]
     [ , [@additional_parameters =] 'parameters' ]
     [ , [@cmdexec_success_code =] success_code ]
     [ , [@on_success_action =] success_action ] 
     [ , [@on_success_step_id =] success_step_id ]
     [ , [@on_fail_action =] fail_action ] 
     [ , [@on_fail_step_id =] fail_step_id ]
     [ , [@server =] 'server' ] 
     [ , [@database_name =] 'database' ]
     [ , [@database_user_name =] 'user' ] 
     [ , [@retry_attempts =] retry_attempts ]
     [ , [@retry_interval =] retry_interval ] 
     [ , [@os_run_priority =] run_priority ]
     [ , [@output_file_name =] 'file_name' ] 
     [ , [@flags =] flags ]
     [ ,  {   [ @proxy_id = ] proxy_id 
            | [ @proxy_name = ] 'proxy_name' } 

[ @job_id =] job_id

The identification number of the job to which the step belongs. job_idis uniqueidentifier, with a default of NULL. Either job_id or job_name must be specified but both cannot be specified.

[ @job_name =] 'job_name'

The name of the job to which the step belongs. job_nameis sysname, with a default of NULL. Either job_id or job_name must be specified but both cannot be specified.

[ @step_id =] step_id

The identification number for the job step to be modified. This number cannot be changed. step_idis int, with no default.

[ @step_name =] 'step_name'

Is a new name for the step. step_nameis sysname, with a default of NULL.

[ @subsystem =] 'subsystem'

The subsystem used by Microsoft SQL Server Agent to execute command. subsystem is nvarchar(40), with a default of NULL.

[ @command =] 'command'

The command(s) to be executed through subsystem. command is nvarchar(max), with a default of NULL.

[ @additional_parameters =] 'parameters'

Identified for informational purposes only. Not supported. Future compatibility is not guaranteed.

[ @cmdexec_success_code =] success_code

The value returned by a CmdExec subsystem command to indicate that command executed successfully. success_code is int, with a default of NULL.

[ @on_success_action =] success_action

The action to perform if the step succeeds.success_action is tinyint, with a default of NULL, and can be one of these values.

Value

Description (action)

1

Quit with success.

2

Quit with failure.

3

Go to next step.

4

Go to step success_step_id.

[ @on_success_step_id =] success_step_id

The identification number of the step in this job to execute if step succeeds and success_action is 4. success_step_id is int, with a default of NULL.

[ @on_fail_action =] fail_action

The action to perform if the step fails. fail_action is tinyint, with a default of NULL and can have one of these values.

Value

Description (action)

1

Quit with success.

2

Quit with failure.

3

Go to next step.

4

Go to step fail_step_id.

[ @on_fail_step_id =] fail_step_id

The identification number of the step in this job to execute if the step fails and fail_action is 4. fail_step_id is int, with a default of NULL.

[ @server =] 'server'

Identified for informational purposes only. Not supported. Future compatibility is not guaranteed. server is nvarchar(128), with a default of NULL.

[ @database_name =] 'database'

The name of the database in which to execute a Transact-SQL step. database is sysname. Names that are enclosed in brackets ([ ]) are not allowed. The default value is NULL.

[ @database_user_name =] 'user'

The name of the user account to use when executing a Transact-SQL step. user is sysname, with a default of NULL.

[ @retry_attempts =] retry_attempts

The number of retry attempts to use if this step fails. retry_attemptsis int, with a default of NULL.

[ @retry_interval =] retry_interval

The amount of time in minutes between retry attempts. retry_interval is int, with a default of NULL.

[ @os_run_priority =] run_priority

Identified for informational purposes only. Not supported. Future compatibility is not guaranteed.

[ @output_file_name =] 'file_name'

The name of the file in which the output of this step is saved. file_name is nvarchar(200), with a default of NULL. This parameter is only valid with commands running in Transact-SQL or CmdExec subsystems.

To set output_file_name back to NULL, you must set output_file_name to an empty string (' ') or to a string of blank characters, but you cannot use the CHAR(32) function. For example, set this argument to an empty string as follows:

@output_file_name = ' '

[ @flags =] flags

An option that controls behavior. flags is int, and can be one of these values.

Value

Description

0 (default)

Overwrite output file.

2

Append to output file

4

Write Transact-SQL job step output to step history

8

Write log to table (overwrite existing history)

16

Write log to table (append to existing history)

[ @proxy_id= ] proxy_id

The ID number of the proxy that the job step runs as. proxy_id is type int, with a default of NULL. If no proxy_id is specified, no proxy_name is specified, and no user_name is specified, the job step runs as the service account for SQL Server Agent.

[ @proxy_name= ] 'proxy_name'

The name of the proxy that the job step runs as. proxy_name is type sysname, with a default of NULL. If no proxy_id is specified, no proxy_name is specified, and no user_name is specified, the job step runs as the service account for SQL Server Agent.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_update_jobstep must be run from the msdb database.

Updating a job step increments the job version number.

By default, members of the sysadmin fixed server role can execute this stored procedure. Other users must be granted one of the following SQL Server Agent fixed database roles in the msdb database:

  • SQLAgentUserRole

  • SQLAgentReaderRole

  • SQLAgentOperatorRole

For details about the permissions of these roles, see SQL Server Agent Fixed Database Roles.

Only members of sysadmin can update a job step owned by another user.

If the job step requires access to a proxy, the creator of the job step must have access to the proxy for the job step. All subsystems, except Transact-SQL, require a proxy account. Members of sysadmin have access to all proxies, and can use the SQL Server Agent service account for the proxy.

The following example changes the number of retry attempts for the first step of the Weekly Sales Data Backup job. After running this example, the number of retry attempts is 10.

USE msdb ;
GO

EXEC dbo.sp_update_jobstep
    @job_name = N'Weekly Sales Data Backup',
    @step_id = 1,
    @retry_attempts = 10 ;
GO

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