I need to manually run a job on more than 150 sql server instances (sql server 2000, remote) from a sql server 2005 instance (the local server). The job is the same on all these instances. The job just calls a stored procedure without parameter, which is also the same across all the instances. These jobs are on a schedule. But now they want me to manually run the job for all the instance or for specified instances upon request.
What is the best practice for this? I have tried openrowset to call the remote stored procedure. But each run of the job takes couple of minutes, so if I use a loop to run all these jobs, it will run one by one and that's a long time. Ideally, it should be able to run the stored procedure on each instance without waiting for it to finish. More ideally, it should be able to run the job on each instance without waiting for it to finish, so it can leave a record in the job history on each instance.
And the stored procedure is from a third party so it can't be altered.
since the 'people' ask this to be initialised from a SSRS report, use SSRS to call some T-SQL/proc on the server would be most appropriate. The problem I got now is when calling msdb.dbo.sp_start_job on remote SQL Server 2000 instances from local server using OPENQUERY or OPENROWSET I got Cannot following error.
process the object "exec msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_name = 'xxx' ". The OLE DB provider "SQLNCLI" for linked server "xxx" indicates that either the object has no columns or the current user does not have permissions on that object.
I guess this may because the sp_start_job doesn't return anything because I can use OPENQUERY/OPENROWSET to call other remote proc without problem. So any workaround?
I have found it actually pretty simple in t-sql.
EXEC [linkedServerName].msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_name = 'test2'
So I don't need to use OPENROWSET/OPENQUERY atually since all the remote SQL Server 2000 instances are already added as remote servers.