There are three tokens within the T-SQL (highlighted in yellow above): A-MSG, DATE, and TIME. SQL server replaces these three tokens as follows:
- A-MSG: Message text. If the job is run by an alert, the message text value automatically replaces this token in the job step.
- DATE: Current date (in YYYYMMDD format).
- TIME: Current time (in HHMMSS format).
See the MSDN documentation for a list of tokens and their descriptions.
This is a great way of being smarter with alerts. Your SQL Server instance has a lot of information at the ready, so get familiar with what’s up for offer.