Automatically Delete a Job

This topic describes how to configure Microsoft SQL Server Agent in SQL Server 2012 to automatically delete jobs when they succeed, fail, or complete by using SQL Server Management Studio or SQL Server Management Objects.

Job responses ensure that database administrators know when jobs complete and how frequently they run. Typical job responses include:

  • Notifying the operator by using e-mail, electronic paging, or a net send message.

    Use one of these job responses if the operator must perform a follow-up action. For example, if a backup job completes successfully, the operator must be notified to remove the backup tape and store it in a safe location.

  • Writing an event message to the Windows application log.

    You can use this response only for failed jobs.

  • Automatically deleting the job.

    Use this job response if you are certain that you do not need to rerun this job.

In This Topic

  • Before you begin:  


  • To specify job responses, using:

    SQL Server Management Studio

    SQL Server Management Objects

Before You Begin


For detailed information, see Implement SQL Server Agent Security.

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Using SQL Server Management Studio

To automatically delete a job

  1. In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of the SQL Server Database Engine, and then expand that instance.

  2. Expand SQL Server Agent, expand Jobs, right-click the job you want to edit, and then click Properties.

  3. Select the Notifications page.

  4. Check Automatically delete job, and choose one of the following:

    • Click When the job succeeds to delete the job status when it has completed successfully.

    • Click When the job fails to delete the job when it has completed unsuccessfully.

    • Click When the job completes to delete the job regardless of completion status.

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Using SQL Server Management Objects

To automatically delete a job

Use the DeleteLevel property of the Job class by using a programming language that you choose, such as Visual Basic, Visual C#, or PowerShell. For more information, see SQL Server Management Objects (SMO).

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