On "SQL Server 2019" on Windows 2019:

  1. I have opened Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. I logged into database server.
  3. I clicked on "SQL Server Agent" and clicked on "Error logs" and double click on "Current".
  4. Log File Viewer program is displayed. On right site I see plenty of errors, but that are old errors not important anymore. How to clear/delete those errors to remove clutter?

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You can't delete individual entries, but you can tell SQL to start a fresh log.

To start a fresh log for the SQL Server Agent Error Log:

  • exec msdb.dbo.sp_cycle_agent_errorlog; or
  • restart the SQL Server Agent service; or
  • right-click at the "Error Logs" level in Object Explorer and choose Recycle

To start a fresh log for the SQL Server Error Log:

  • 1
    Executing exec sp_cycle_agent_errorlog; and I have got error: Msg 2812, Level 16, State 62, Line 1 Could not find stored procedure 'sp_cycle_agent_errorlog'. Now I see I can right click on "Error Logs" folder and select "Recycle". If looking at T-SQL it is: EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_cycle_agent_errorlog
    – folow
    Commented Feb 20 at 9:02
  • 1
    I appreciate the feedback. I've updated the answer to incorporate it.
    – Doug Deden
    Commented Feb 20 at 20:46

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