Delete an Operator

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server yesAzure SQL Database (Managed Instance only) noAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse


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.

This topic describes how to remove an operator so they no longer receive Microsoft SQL Server Agent alert notifications in SQL Server 2017 by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL.

Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

When an operator is removed, all the notifications associated with the operator are also removed.



Members of the sysadmin fixed server role can delete operators.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To delete an operator

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

  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 delete and select Delete.

  5. In the Delete Object dialog box, make sure that the correct operator is selected, and then click OK. If you want another operator to receive the alerts and jobs sent to the deleted operator, check Reassign to and select an operator in the list.

Using Transact-SQL

To delete 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.

    -- deletes operator 'Test Operator' and reassigns all alerts and jobs
    --  sent to that operator to 'Fran├žois Ajenstat'  
    USE msdb ;  
    EXEC sp_delete_operator @name = 'Test Operator',  
        @reassign_to_operator = 'Fran├žois Ajenstat';  

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