sp_help_jobactivity (Transact-SQL)


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Lists information about the runtime state of SQL Server Agent jobs.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

sp_help_jobactivity { [ @job_id = ] job_id | [ @job_name = ] 'job_name' }  
     [ , [ @session_id = ] session_id ]  

[ @job_id =] job_id
The job identification number. job_idis uniqueidentifier, with a default of NULL.

[ @job_name =] 'job_name'
The name of the job. job_nameis sysname, with a default of NULL.

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Either job_id or job_name must be specified, but both cannot be specified.

[ @session_id = ] session_id
The session id to report information about. session_id is int, with a default of NULL.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Returns the following result set:

Column nameData typeDescription
session_idintAgent session identification number.
job_iduniqueidentifierIdentifier for the job.
job_namesysnameName of the job.
run_requested_datedatetimeWhen that the job was requested to run.
run_requested_sourcesysnameThe source of the request to run the job. One of:

 1 = Run on a schedule

 2 = Run in response to an alert

 3 = Run on startup

 4 = Run by user

 6 = Run on CPU idle schedule
queued_datedatetimeWhen the request was queued. NULL if the job was run directly.
start_execution_datedatetimeWhen the job was assigned to a runnable thread.
last_executed_step_idintThe step ID of the most recently run job step.
last_exectued_step_datedatetimeThe time that the most recently run job step started to run.
stop_execution_datedatetimeThe time that the job stopped running.
next_scheduled_run_datedatetimeWhen the job is next scheduled to run.
job_history_idintIdentifier for the job history in the job history table.
messagenvarchar(1024)Message produced during the last run of the job.
run_statusintStatus returned from the last run of the job:

 0 = Error failed

 1 = Succeeded

 3 = Canceled

 5 = Status unknown
operator_id_emailedintID number of the operator notified via email at completion of the job.
operator_id_netsentintID number of the operator notified via net send at completion of the job.
operator_id_pagedintID number of the operator notified via pager at completion of the job.

This procedure provides a snapshot of the current state of the jobs. The results returned represent information at the time that the request is processed.

SQL Server Agent creates a session id each time that the Agent service starts. The session id is stored in the table msdb.dbo.syssessions.

When no session_id is provided, lists information about the most recent session.

When no job_name or job_id is provided, lists information for all jobs.

By default, members of the sysadmin fixed server role can run 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 view the activity for jobs owned by other users.

The following example lists activity for all jobs that the current user has permission to view.

USE msdb ;  
EXEC dbo.sp_help_jobactivity ;  

SQL Server Agent Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)

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