View Job Step Information

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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 view job step details in the Job Step Properties dialog. It also includes information about viewing job step output.

Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

If the job step has been configured to write its output to a table or file and the job has run at least once, you can view its output on the Advanced page of the Job Step Properties dialog. When a job or job step is deleted, the output log is automatically deleted.



You can view only those jobs that you own, unless you are a member of the sysadmin fixed server role. Members of this role can view all jobs and job step details.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To view job step information

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

  2. Expand SQL Server Agent, expand Jobs, right-click the job that contains the job step to be viewed, and click Properties.

  3. In the Job Properties dialog, click the Steps page.

  4. Click the job step to be viewed, and click Edit.

  5. On the General page of the Job Step Properties dialog, you can view the type of job step and what it does.

  6. Click the Advanced page to view the actions SQL Server Agent takes if the job step succeeds or fails, how many times the job step should be attempted, where the job step output is written, and the user the job step runs as.

To view job step output

  1. In the Job Step Properties dialog, click the Advanced page.

  2. Depending on the version of SQL Server you are connected to, you can view either the job step output file or table as follows:

    • When you are connected to SQL Server or later, you can click View only when Log to table is checked. In this case, the job step output is written to the sysjobstepslogs table in the msdb database.

    • The View button is disabled when job step output is written to a file. To view a job step output file, use Notepad.