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When creating a job step in SQL Server 2008 R2 Agent, the third dropdown in the General page is "Run as:" - but this is empty, and seems to always be empty! What is it for?

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The "Run As" is so that you can specify a proxy account to run the particular step as. The proxy account defines the security context that a job step can run as.

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See msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189064.aspx for more info on sql server agent proxies. –  georgeb_dba Oct 5 '11 at 15:26
    
Thanks to both of you! –  tuseau Oct 6 '11 at 10:34
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