Author Patrick Flynn (@sqllensman)
Availability Windows, Linux, macOS


Want to see the source code for this command? Check out Get-DbaAgentAlertCategory on GitHub.
Want to see the Bill Of Health for this command? Check out Get-DbaAgentAlertCategory.


Get-DbaAgentAlertCategory retrieves the alert categories.


Get-DbaAgentAlertCategory makes it possible to retrieve the alert categories.


    [-SqlInstance] <DbaInstanceParameter[]>
    [[-SqlCredential] <PSCredential>]
    [[-Category] <String[]>]




Example: 1
PS C:\> Get-DbaAgentAlertCategory -SqlInstance sql1

Return all the agent alert categories.

Example: 2
PS C:\> Get-DbaAgentAlertCategory -SqlInstance sql1 -Category 'Severity Alert'

Return all the agent alert categories that have the name 'Severity Alert'.

Required Parameters


The target SQL Server instance or instances. This can be a collection and receive pipeline input to allow the function to be executed against multiple SQL Server instances.

Required True
Pipeline true (ByValue)
Default Value

Optional Parameters


Login to the target instance using alternative credentials. Accepts PowerShell credentials (Get-Credential).
Windows Authentication, SQL Server Authentication, Active Directory - Password, and Active Directory - Integrated are all supported.
For MFA support, please use Connect-DbaInstance.

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value

The name of the category to filter out. If no category is used all categories will be returned.

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value

By default, when something goes wrong we try to catch it, interpret it and give you a friendly warning message.
This avoids overwhelming you with "sea of red" exceptions, but is inconvenient because it basically disables advanced scripting.
Using this switch turns this "nice by default" feature off and enables you to catch exceptions with your own try/catch.

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value False