Severity Property

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The Severity property identifies a Microsoft SQL Server error message severity level to a SQL Server Agent alert.


.Severity [= value]


  • object
    An expression that evaluates to an object in the Applies To list.
  • value
    A long integer that specifies a SQL Server error message severity level. A number from 1 through 25 is a valid severity level.

Data Type




Prototype (C/C++)

HRESULT GetSeverity(LPLONG pRetVal)
HRESULT SetSeverity(long NewValue)


A SQL Server Agent alert is raised when a SQL Server process raises a specific error or an error of a specific severity level. Setting the Severity property of an Alert object associates an alert with a specific SQL Server error message severity level.

Setting both the Severity and MessageID properties of an Alert object attempts to associate an alert with both an error message severity level and an error message, which results in an error.

Applies To:

Alert Object

See Also


MessageID Property

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