Updates the settings of an existing alert.
sp_update_alert [ @name =] 'name' [ , [ @new_name =] 'new_name'] [ , [ @enabled =] enabled] [ , [ @message_id =] message_id] [ , [ @severity =] severity] [ , [ @delay_between_responses =] delay_between_responses] [ , [ @notification_message =] 'notification_message'] [ , [ @include_event_description_in =] include_event_description_in] [ , [ @database_name =] 'database'] [ , [ @event_description_keyword =] 'event_description_keyword'] [ , [ @job_id =] job_id | [@job_name =] 'job_name'] [ , [ @occurrence_count = ] occurrence_count] [ , [ @count_reset_date =] count_reset_date] [ , [ @count_reset_time =] count_reset_time] [ , [ @last_occurrence_date =] last_occurrence_date] [ , [ @last_occurrence_time =] last_occurrence_time] [ , [ @last_response_date =] last_response_date] [ , [ @last_response_time =] last_response _time] [ , [ @raise_snmp_trap =] raise_snmp_trap] [ , [ @performance_condition =] 'performance_condition' ] [ , [ @category_name =] 'category'] [ , [ @wmi_namespace = ] 'wmi_namespace' ] [ , [ @wmi_query = ] 'wmi_query' ]
[ @name =] 'name'
The name of the alert that is to be updated. name is sysname, with no default.
[ @new\_name =] 'new_name'
A new name for the alert. The name must be unique. new_name is sysname, with a default of NULL.
[ @enabled =] enabled
Specifies whether the alert is enabled (1) or not enabled (0). enabled is tinyint, with a default of NULL. An alert must be enabled to fire.
[ @message\_id =] message_id
A new message or error number for the alert definition. Typically, message_id corresponds to an error number in the sysmessages table. message_id is int, with a default of NULL. A message ID can be used only if the severity level setting for the alert is 0.
[ @severity =] severity
A new severity level (from 1 through 25) for the alert definition. Any Microsoft SQL Server message sent to the Windows application log with the specified severity will activate the alert. severity is int, with a default of NULL. A severity level can be used only if the message ID setting for the alert is 0.
[ @delay\_between\_responses =] delay_between_responses
The new waiting period, in seconds, between responses to the alert. delay_between_responses is int, with a default of NULL.
[ @notification\_message =] 'notification_message'
The revised text of an additional message sent to the operator as part of the e-mail, net send, or pager notification. notification_message is nvarchar(512), with a default of NULL.
[ @include\_event\_description\_in =] include_event_description_in
Specifies whether the description of the SQL Server error from the Windows application log should be included in the notification message. include_event_description_in is tinyint, with a default of NULL, and can be one or more of these values.
[ @database\_name =] 'database'
The name of the database in which the error must occur for the alert to fire. database is sysname. Names that are enclosed in brackets ([ ]) are not allowed. The default value is NULL.
[ @event\_description\_keyword =] 'event_description_keyword'
A sequence of characters that must be found in the description of the error in the error message log. Transact-SQL LIKE expression pattern-matching characters can be used. event_description_keyword is nvarchar(100), with a default of NULL. This parameter is useful for filtering object names (for example, %customer_table%).
[ @job\_id =] job_id
The job identification number. job_id is uniqueidentifier, with a default of NULL. If job_id is specified, job_name must be omitted.
[ @job\_name =] 'job_name'
The name of the job that executes in response to this alert. job_name is sysname, with a default of NULL. If job_name is specified, job_id must be omitted.
[ @occurrence\_count = ] occurrence_count
Resets the number of times the alert has occurred. occurrence_count is int, with a default of NULL, and can be set only to 0.
[ @count\_reset\_date =] count_reset_date
Resets the date the occurrence count was last reset. count_reset_date is int, with a default of NULL.
[ @count\_reset\_time =] count_reset_time
Resets the time the occurrence count was last reset. count_reset_time is int, with a default of NULL.
[ @last\_occurrence\_date =] last_occurrence_date
Resets the date the alert last occurred. last_occurrence_date is int, with a default of NULL, and can be set only to 0.
[ @last\_occurrence\_time =] last_occurrence_time
Resets the time the alert last occurred. last_occurrence_time is int, with a default of NULL, and can be set only to 0.
[ @last\_response\_date =] last_response_date
Resets the date the alert was last responded to by the SQLServerAgent service. last_response_date is int, with a default of NULL, and can be set only to 0.
[ @last\_response\_time =] last_response_time
Resets the time the alert was last responded to by the SQLServerAgent service. last_response_time is int, with a default of NULL, and can be set only to 0.
[ @raise\_snmp\_trap =] raise_snmp_trap
[ @performance\_condition =] 'performance_condition'
A value expressed in the format 'itemcomparatorvalue'. performance_condition is nvarchar(512), with a default of NULL, and consists of these elements.
A performance object, performance counter, or named instance of the counter
One of these operators: >, <, =
Numeric value of the counter
[ @category\_name =] 'category'
The name of the alert category. category is sysname with a default of NULL.
[ **@wmi\_namespace**= ] 'wmi_namespace'
The WMI namespace to query for events. wmi_namespace is sysname, with a default of NULL.
[ **@wmi\_query**= ] 'wmi_query'
The query that specifies the WMI event for the alert. wmi_query is nvarchar(512), with a default of NULL.
Return Code Values
0 (success) or 1 (failure)
Only sysmessages written to the Microsoft Windows application log can fire an alert.
sp_update_alert changes only those alert settings for which parameter values are supplied. If a parameter is omitted, the current setting is retained.
To run this stored procedure, users must be a member of the sysadmin fixed server role.
The following example changes the enabled setting of Test Alert to 0.
USE msdb ; GO EXEC dbo.sp_update_alert @name = N'Test Alert', @enabled = 0 ; GO