View the Job History

Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Managed Instance


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

This topic describes how to view the Microsoft SQL Server Agent job history log in SQL Server 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 view the job history log

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

  2. Expand SQL Server Agent, and then expand Jobs.

  3. Right-click a job, and then click View History.

  4. In the Log File Viewer, view the job history.

  5. To update the job history, click Refresh. To view fewer rows, click the Filter button and enter filter parameters.

Using Transact-SQL

To view the job history log

  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.

    -- lists all job information for the NightlyBackups job.  
    USE msdb ;  
    EXEC dbo.sp_help_jobhistory   
        @job_name = N'NightlyBackups' ;  

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

Using SQL Server Management Objects

To view the job history log

Call the EnumHistory method of the Job 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).