Disable or Enable a Job

This topic describes how to disable a SQL Server Agent job in SQL Server 2017 by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL. When you disable a job, it is not deleted and can be enabled again when necessary.

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Before You Begin

Security

For detailed information, see Implement SQL Server Agent Security.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To disable or enable a job

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

  2. Expand SQL Server Agent.

  3. Expand Jobs, and then right-click the job that you want to disable or enable.

  4. To disable a job, click Disable. To enable a job, click Enable.

Using Transact-SQL

To disable or enable a job

  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.

    -- changes the name, description, and disables status of the job NightlyBackups.  
    USE msdb ;  
    GO  
    
    EXEC dbo.sp_update_job  
        @job_name = N'NightlyBackups',  
        @new_name = N'NightlyBackups -- Disabled',  
        @description = N'Nightly backups disabled during server migration.',  
        @enabled = 0 ;  
    GO  
    

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