Designate an Events Forwarding Server (SQL Server Management Studio)

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 designate a server to which Microsoft SQL Server forwards events in SQL Server 2017 by using SQL Server Management Studio . Note that event forwarding applies to events forwarded between servers, not to events forwarded between instances of SQL Server hosted on a single computer. Also note that in order to receive forwarded events, the alerts management server must be a default instance of SQL Server.

Before You Begin



Requires membership in the sysadmin fixed server role.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To designate an events forwarding server

  1. In Object Explorer, click the plus sign to expand the server from which you want to forward events to another server.

  2. Right-click SQL Server Agent and select Properties.

  3. In the SQL Server Agent Properties -server_name dialog box, under Select a page, select Advanced.

  4. Under SQL Server event forwarding, select the Forward events to a different server check box.

  5. In the Server list, select a server, and then, under Events, select one of the following:

    • Select Unhandled events to forward only the events that have not been handled by local alerts.

    • Select All events to forward all events regardless of whether they have been handled by local alerts.

  6. In the If event has severity at or above list, click the severity level at which events are forwarded to the selected server.

  7. When finished, click OK.