sp_add_category (Transact-SQL)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)noAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Adds the specified category of jobs, alerts, or operators to the server.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


     [ [ @class = ] 'class', ]   
     [ [ @type = ] 'type', ]   
     { [ @name = ] 'name' }  


[ @class = ] 'class'
The class of the category to be added. class is varchar(8) with a default value of JOB, and can be one of these values.

Value Description
JOB Adds a job category.
ALERT Adds an alert category.
OPERATOR Adds an operator category.

[ @type = ] 'type'
The type of category to be added. type is varchar(12), with a default value of LOCAL, and can be one of these values.

Value Description
LOCAL A local job category.
MULTI-SERVER A multiserver job category.
NONE A category for a class other than JOB.

[ @name = ] 'name'
The name of the category to be added. The name must be unique within the specified class. name is sysname, with no default.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets



sp_add_category must be run from the msdb database.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role can execute sp_add_category.


The following example creates a local job category named AdminJobs.

USE msdb ;  

EXEC dbo.sp_add_category  
    @name=N'AdminJobs' ;  

See Also

sp_delete_category (Transact-SQL)
sp_help_category (Transact-SQL)
sp_update_category (Transact-SQL)
dbo.sysjobs (Transact-SQL)
dbo.sysjobservers (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)