sp_syspolicy_delete_policy_category (Transact-SQL)

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Deletes a policy category in Policy-Based Management.

|Applies to: SQL Server ( SQL Server 2008 through current version).|

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sp_syspolicy_delete_policy_category { [ @name = ] 'name' | [ @policy_category_id = ] policy_category_id }  


[ @name= ] 'name'
Is the name of the policy category. name is sysname, and must be specified if policy_category_id is NULL.

[ @policy_category_id= ] policy_category_id
Is the identifier for the policy category. policy_category_id is int, and must be specified if name is NULL.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


You must run sp_syspolicy_delete_policy_category in the context of the msdb system database.

You must specify a value for name or for policy_category_id. Both cannot be NULL. To obtain these values, query the msdb.dbo.syspolicy_policy_categories system view.

To delete a policy category, the category must not be referenced by any policies.


Requires membership in the PolicyAdministratorRole fixed database role.


Possible elevation of credentials: Users in the PolicyAdministratorRole role can create server triggers and schedule policy executions that can affect the operation of the instance of the Database Engine. For example, users in the PolicyAdministratorRole role can create a policy that can prevent most objects from being created in the Database Engine. Because of this possible elevation of credentials, the PolicyAdministratorRole role should be granted only to users who are trusted with controlling the configuration of the Database Engine.


The following example deletes a policy category that is named 'Finance'.

EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_syspolicy_delete_policy_category @name = N'Finance';  


See Also

Policy-Based Management Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
sp_syspolicy_add_policy_category (Transact-SQL)
sp_syspolicy_update_policy_category (Transact-SQL)