Database Administrators Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for database professionals who wish to improve their database skills and learn from others in the community. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I would like the last step of my Maintenance Plan to execute a simple custom SQL script (SELECT * FROM <SomeTable> WHERE <Condition>), and save the results to a file (Text, CSV, etc).

Is this possible? The closest thing I've found is doing this in a .bat file that is executed by Windows, but that seems a little cumbersome.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

You can use a mixture of xp_cmdshell and bcp:

exec xp_cmdshell 
    'bcp "SELECT * FROM YourTable ...." queryout Log.txt -c -T'

The above extended stored procedure bcp call assumes a few things, such as a trusted connection. But utilize the BOL Reference for BCP to fine tune your call.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.