SQL Agent Insights:Documentation:Job Monitor Overview

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The Job Monitor is the primary location for doing the most common actions in SQL Agent Insights. Job Monitor will display all of the jobs being monitored for the particular instance of SQL Server® and provides a vast number of actions that can be performed on a job or a set of jobs. Some of this functionality is unique to SQL Agent Insights and does not reside in the SQL Server® Management Studio (SSMS). More on that later.

A typical Job Monitor window showing all major sections.

Dissecting the Job Monitor Window

Navigating around the Job Monitor window, like the remainder of SQL Agent Insights is intuitive.

Tool / Action Bar

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The toolbar within the Job Monitor window.

Expand/collapse filters pane

Shows / hides the filter pane. When the filter pane is collapsed and there are no filters selected, the icon will appear as an empty filter. Conversely, should there be at least one filter selected, the icon, when collapsed, will be solid in color. When the filter pane is expanded, the icon shown is a left arrow.

Clear selected filter(s)

Clears all filters on all columns with a single click.

Clear any/all groupings

Removes all columns put into the column header group drop area with a single click.

Size all columns to fit

Sizes all columns (with a single click) to the size of the maximum observed cell.

Show suspended/paused jobs

Suspending and resuming jobs automatically is unique to SQL Agent Insights. No other product at the time of this writing has a feature like this. Suspending a job will disable it for a given period of time, and then automatically enable the job after said time. This is ideal for jobs that do not need to be run, for example, during a maintenance window.

Should the suspend / resume controller jobs not be created on the monitored SQL instance, this button will prompt asking to create them.

Otherwise, if the suspend / resume controller jobs have already been created, pressing this button opens a new dialog showing jobs that have been suspended.

Remove custom suspend/pause jobs from server instance

For the suspend job feature to work, SQL Agent Insights requires two (2) controller jobs, one (1) schedule, and one (1) category created on the monitored instance of SQL Server. Pressing this button will remove those four items from the SQL instance. If there are jobs that are in a suspended state when the controller jobs are removed, the suspended jobs are put back to their original state as if they were resumed manually.

Create a new job

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Opens the Create a new job window.

The functionality of creating a new job is very similar to creating a job within SQL Server® Management Studio (SSMS). Click here to get further detailed documentation on this feature.

Reload data from server and refresh

Refreshes the entire Job Monitor main workspace by querying the server for updated data.

Job Status Summary

The job status summary of an Insight.

Located directly above the column header group drop area is the job status summary.

This section serves two purposes:

  • Gives a quick overview of job statuses from the most recent poll of the SQL instance in the following categories:
    • Running - the number of jobs running.
    • Suspended - the number of suspended jobs.
    • Succeeded - the number of successful jobs.
    • Failed - the number of failed jobs.
    • Cancelled - the number of cancelled jobs.
    • Success Rate % - the overall job success rate of this instance.

  • Secondly, they act as quick filters.
    • Left-clicking on any the totals directly above their label will filter the job pane accordingly. The appropriate filter in the filter pane will be checked and as usual with set filters, they can be cleared by clicking on the Clear selected filter(s) button in the toolbar.

Tabbed / Window Button

In the upper-right of an Insight window, there are two buttons and hovering the mouse cursor over them will show a tooltip outlining their functionality.

The rightmost button is a generic Help button. Hovering the mouse cursor over this button will give a brief tooltip reminding the user that the context menu can be accessed by right-clicking on any job.

The leftmost button is the button to alter the Job Monitor window between tabbed mode and windowed mode. Depending on the setting of the preference Open Job Monitor as window, the icon will change accordingly, allowing the user to toggle window states efficiently.

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Filter Pane

Allows a quick, one-click set of a filter for the jobs within the main datagrid. Toggling multiple filters can be done and are additive in nature.


  • Clicking on Enabled and then clicking Has Schedule will show all jobs that are enabled AND have schedules.
  • Clicking on Enabled and then clicking Disabled will not show any jobs since a job cannot both be enabled and disabled.
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An Insight's filter pane.

Job Listings Pane

This is the "meat and potatoes" of the Job Monitor. Depending on the monitored instance, this can show quite a bit of information per job, showcasing the most important characteristics of each.

Job entries are color coded for easier identification and are assigned at refresh time.

  • Black - indicates the job is idle.
  • Blue - indicates the job is executing.
  • Gray - indicates the job is in a suspended state (a unique feature of SQL Agent Insights)
  • Purple - indicates the job is multiserver in nature.

Additionally, right-clicking on any job highlights it and will bring up a context menu specific to that job.

The job list pane of an Insight showing many attributes of any given job.

Column Header Group Drop Area

The group drop area within the job pane of Job Monitor.

Allows grouping the data against one or more columns. When grouping is applied, the data is organized into a hierarchical structure based on matching column values and it is sorted in ascending order.

To move a column header into the group drop area, left-click drag the desired column header and release in the group drop area.

Row Headers

The row headers serve a dual purpose within the Job Monitor.

One, the current state of the job in the row, either enabled (green) or disabled (red).

Additionally, icons can be shown in the row header. Examples include:

  • A sleeping (Zzz) icon - indicates that the job is actively suspended using SQL Agent's Insight's suspend/resume feature.
  • A person running icon - indicates that the job is actively executing.
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Column Headers

Columns within the Job Monitor showing the filter icon.

Column headers contain the name of the column, but also may include the filter option, an icon that has the appearance of a filter. Clicking the filter icon will open a dialog allowing the grid data to be manipulated further, either showing less or more.

When a filter has been created, the filter icon will change to appear full, indicating that a filter has been set for the specified column.

To manually clear a columns filter, click on the filter icon and select the option Clear Filter from the resulting dialog.

Multiple filters can be set at once. To clear all filters easily in a single action, click the Clear selected filter(s) button in the toolbar.

Column headers are also draggable, meaning, one can change the display order if desired.

Auto Refresh Toggle

The auto refresh option within an Insight.

Located at the bottom left of the Job Monitor is the auto refresh toggle. Turning this on will refresh the Job Monitor automatically after the given number of seconds indicated. When enabled (active), a progress bar is shown indicating the amount of time that has passed and how much time remains prior to the next refresh.

The auto refresh dropdown has the following options; 30, 60, 120, 300, 600, 900, 1800, or 3600, of which one can be chosen. Once the duration (measured in seconds) has been selected, the timer begins and the progress bar indicates how much time has elapsed prior to refreshing.

Should a new dropdown option be chosen, the timer restarts at 0 and the progress bar clears.

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