Edit an Operator

This topic describes how to edit an operators' availability for receiving notifications and their e-mail, pager, and net send addresses in SQL Server 2012 by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL.

In This Topic

  • Before you begin:

    Limitations and Restrictions


  • To edit an operator, using:

    SQL Server Management Studio


Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

  • The Pager and net send options will be removed from SQL Server Agent in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using these features in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use these features.

  • Note that SQL Server Agent must be configured to use Database Mail to send e-mail and pager notifications to operators. For more information, see Assign Alerts to an Operator.

  • SQL Server Management Studio provides an easy, graphical way to manage jobs, and is the recommended way to create and manage the job infrastructure.



Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role can edit operators.

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Using SQL Server Management Studio

To edit an operator

  1. In Object Explorer, click the plus sign to expand the server that contains the operator you want to edit.

  2. Click the plus sign to expand SQL Server Agent.

  3. Click the plus sign to expand the Operators folder.

  4. Right-click the operator that you want to edit and select Properties.

    For more information on the available options contained in the operator_name Properties dialog box, see:

  5. When finished, click OK.

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Using Transact-SQL

To edit an operator

  1. In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of Database Engine.

  2. On the Standard bar, click New Query.

  3. Copy and paste the following example into the query window and click Execute.

    -- updates the operator status to enabled, and sets the days 
    -- (from Monday through Friday, from 8 A.M. through 5 P.M.) when the operator can be paged. 
    USE msdb ;
    EXEC dbo.sp_update_operator 
        @name = N'François Ajenstat',
        @enabled = 1,
        @email_address = N'françoisa',
        @pager_address = N'5551290AW@pager.Adventure-Works.com',
        @weekday_pager_start_time = 080000,
        @weekday_pager_end_time = 170000,
        @pager_days = 64 ;

For more information, see sp_update_operator (Transact-SQL).

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