Create a Schedule

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions) YesAzure SQL Managed Instance


On Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, most, but not all SQL Server Agent features are currently supported. See Azure SQL Database Managed Instance T-SQL differences from SQL Server for details.

You can create a schedule for SQL Server Agent jobs in SQL Server 2019 (15.x) by using SQL Server Management Studio, Transact-SQL, or SQL Server Management Objects.

Before You Begin


For detailed information, see Implement SQL Server Agent Security.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To create a schedule

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

  2. Expand SQL Server Agent, right-click Jobs, and select Manage Schedules.

  3. In the Manage Schedules dialog box, click New.

  4. In the Name box, type a name for the new schedule.

  5. If you do not want the schedule to take effect immediately after it has been created, clear the Enabled check box.

  6. For Schedule Type, select one of the following:

    • To start the job when the CPUs reach an idle condition, click Start whenever the CPUs become idle.

    • If you want a schedule to run repeatedly, click Recurring. To set the recurring schedule, complete the Frequency, Daily Frequency, and Duration groups on the dialog.

    • If you want the schedule to run only one time, click One time. To set the One time schedule, complete the One-time occurrence group on the dialog box.

Using Transact-SQL

To create a schedule

  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.

    -- creates a schedule named RunOnce.   
    -- The schedule runs one time, at 23:30 on the day that the schedule is created.  
    USE msdb ;  
    EXEC dbo.sp_add_schedule  
        @schedule_name = N'RunOnce',  
        @freq_type = 1,  
        @active_start_time = 233000 ;  

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

Using SQL Server Management Objects

To create a schedule

Use the JobSchedule 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).