SQL Server Agent is a Windows service installed with the SQL Server Standard Edition and above. It provides an automated way of executing or performing administrative task against a SQL Server instance. SQL Server Agent is a tool that every DBA should become familiar with and utilize to its full ...

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SQL Server Agent Jobs and Availability Groups

I'm looking for best practice in dealing with scheduled SQL Server Agent jobs in SQL Server 2012 availability groups. Maybe I missed something, however at the current state I feel that SQL Server ...
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Good way to call multiple SQL Server Agent jobs sequentially from one main job?

I've got several SQL Server Agent jobs that should run sequentially. To keep a nice overview of the jobs that should execute I have created a main job that calls the other jobs with a call to EXEC ...
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I'm using the SQL Server Agent to schedule even non-database tasks - is this a bad idea?

Since I'm a DBA (and in many cases, the de-facto sysadmin), SQL Server is installed on pretty much every server I have to work with regularly. I realized recently that I've been using the SQL Agent as ...
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How and when does SQL Agent update next_run_date/next_run_time values?

I've been working on code in T-SQL to add new schedules to a SQL Agent job using the sp_add_jobschedule proc in the msdb database. When I add a new schedule (typically a run-once at a specific ...
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What's a good tool for visualizing SQL Agent jobs? [closed]

I find the built-in MS SQL Studio tools for managing Agent jobs to be a little frustrating. What tools out there have you found helpful? Offhand, there are three things I'd like to see in such a ...
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How do Availability Groups work with cheduled jobs and SSIS packages?

I have 2 SQL Servers set up with a database in an AlwaysOn Availability Group. I also have jobs set up which run against the database. During a failover how do I ensure the jobs will continue to run ...
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What would be a good name for a job schedule?

I have encountered many different names for job schedules in SQL Server, ranging from the job name where it is used to a short recap of the schedule itself. I would like to give a clear, descriptive ...
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Could not find the Server Agent in SSMS

I am following the guide - http://www.sqlchicken.com/2009/07/how-to-create-a-server-side-trace-with-sql-profiler/ which is working until I reach Step 8 8. Now to schedule your newly created script. ...
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Run Server Agent Job on Schedule only if CPU is idle

I have a job set up in SQL Server Agent to run an update query. I want this job to execute every night between midnight and 5am and I want it to repeat every 5 minutes during that time frame. But I ...
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Error running Powershell Script in SQL Server Agent

I have a SQL job that runs via SQL Server Agent (Running SQL Server 2012 Enterprise). The last step of the job is to run an application located on a network share. Unfortunately I don't know the name ...
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SQL Server Agent not observing “execute as” permissions

I have a curious permissions problem. Something recently happened that caused existing SQL Server Agent Jobs that were configured to run as a particular User to stop working. They previously worked; ...
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SQL Server 2000 - 'Performance: Deadlock'

We had to restart our SQL Server today, we had made no changes to it. When it came back up we immediately started getting this error from the server DATE/TIME: 2/27/2014 3:09:31 PM ...
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How to clear an an Error 15404 after a DB restart (besides rebooting)

Every so often (e.g. ~months) a SQL Server Agent hourly Job will begin reporting an Error 15404 and continue to do so until intervened with. [298] SQLServer Error: 15404, Could not obtain ...
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SQL Server agent Error

I am in a new shop and the below error started to show up on 2/22 repeatedly until 3/7. Event Type: Error Event Source: SQLSERVERAGENT Event Category: Alert Engine Event ID: 318 Description: ...
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How do I rescue SQL Agent jobs from a set of detached master, model, mdb files?

I had a MSSQL (MSSQL 2008 R2) cluster that failed in a way that I couldn't bring it back up (long story, servers ended up in BSOD loops, I'm blaming Broadcom and myself). I've SQL backups, and even ...
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Run Multiple Remote Jobs

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 ...
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Does SQL Server 2014 Express, with Advanced Services, actually support full text search?

I've installed SQL Server 2014 Express edition, with advanced services. I was hoping to try out the full-text search features. I read here that full text search is supported by the 2014 express ...
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How to specify a task in a SQL Server maintenance plan conditionally?

I have a weekly and nightly SQL Server Agent jobs executing a weekly and nightly maintenance plans, resp. These weekly (on Sunday) and nightly (on other 6 nights of the week) maintenance plans ...
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Update strings for all cmdexec Jobs

Does anyone know if it's possible, (and furthermore advisable) to update all cmdexec strings in jobs on a server? We'd like to change our logging location, and in principle I'd think this could be ...
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SQL Server Agent fails to start in Failover cluter

The SQL server agent in a cluster (as a cluster resource) fails to start. I'm looking for error logs to give me a clue, but so far, all it says is: "failed to start". What could be the possible ...
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Sql Server Agent notification email with custom message

I have set email notification on the completition of a scheduled job. Is it possible to customize the email content?
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Execution-Policy Error running Powershell Script in SQL Server Agent

Running a powershell script from SQL Server Agent in 2014 using my AD account via a credential. I am getting the following error. A job step received an error at line 1 in a PowerShell script. The ...
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SQL server agent SSIS error

I get the following error when I execute my package as a SQL server agent job. It is an SSIS 2008 package running on a SQL Server 2008 instance. My package security is DontSaveSensitive. I don't ...
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How to succesfully run a batch file in an SQL Agent job?

I have a SQL Agent Job which generates a specific report in PDF-file and then copies the PDF to a network directory and then deletes the PDF file in the source directory. The SQL Jobs consists of 2 ...
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Agent job will not run

I created a JOB to run a simple package that runs a query and saves the results to an Excel file. If I try to run the job In SQL Management Studio I get an error saying: SQLServerAgent is not ...
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Powershell script executing within SQL Server Agent

I am trying to use Powershell within a SQL Server Agent job to download a zip file. The script uses PuTTY (PSCP.exe) to download a zip file from a SFTP site. The issue I am having is that when the ...
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Execute SP whenever any job is finished

I have many SQL Server jobs on the server. I need to execute a SP whenever any job execution is done. One hard way is to create a step on every job which calls that SP. Is there any simple way to do ...
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SQL Server Agent - Run Query at the end of each month with date variable

I am running SQL Server 2008 R2, and I need to create a new job that will basically run a query at the start of each month (at the 1st of each month at 01:00 AM). Here is the query: INSERT INTO ...
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Execute a T-SQL job with a different connection string

Is it possible to execute a stored procedure from a SQL agent job while specifying a custom Application Name, similar to specifying the Application Name in a connection string? The reason I want to ...
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Get detailed output of SQL Agent job

We have an SQL Server Agent job that runs a maintenance plan to reindex all of the database on the server. Recently this has failed but the job history is not providing enough information to diagnose ...
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Get failed SQL Server agent job?

How to get a list of failed job run last night? I only find the following powershell script. What's the SQL equivalence? dir $psPath\Jobs | % { $_.EnumHistory() } | ? { $_.RunStatus -ne 1 }
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Renaming SQL Server Agent operator

I want to rename SQL Server Agent operator, that is change it's name. Is this a "valid" thing to do? I noticed that trying to change name in SSMS via Operator/Properties dialog doesn't actually do ...
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Why might Sql Server Agent's Next Run Time value not be what I expect? And is this definitely the next time my job will run?

At times, I'm seeing some inconsistencies with sql server agent's value in the sysjobschedules.next_run_date and time fields. I have a web interface that interacts with the sql scheduling system. ...
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Access denied when trying to run an agent job

Can someone please point me in the right direction. I keep getting the below error message when I try to run a job that executes a package I created and saved on the SQL Server. 12/03/2012 ...
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SQL Agent Jobs Automatically Disabled After Modifying Maintenance Plan

Hoping someone can shed some light. I modified a maintenance plan yesterday, to find out this morning (by using the last modified date from sysjobs) that all jobs related to the maintenance plan are ...
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Launching SQL Agent Job from stored procedure not on [msdb] database, or, How Necessary is SET TRUSTWORTHY ON?

(With apologies in advance since I've been asked to pick up a project written by someone with more skills than me but who I can no longer ping for questions. If it sounds like I may be using ...
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How do I give file system access to SQL Server's SQLSERVERAGENT virtual account?

I'm trying to grant the NT Service\SQLSERVERAGENT Windows account file system access, based on the marked answer in this question. I believe it's a virtual service account, and it does not show up in ...
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SQL agent job, why is the job history showing that a step is still running even though the job has completed

I have a sql agent job that runs Powershell as its first step (there are 3 steps in total). I have set this step to have 2 retries, with a 3 minute retry interval. When I look into the job history, ...
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SQL Server Event Alerts Lack Enough Details

I setup SQL Server Alerts to send me emails whenever certain events (by severity) occur. Below is an example of en email I received for a "014 - Insufficient Permission" severity event of Type "SQL ...
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some SQL Server MSX targets show as Normal, Blocked

I've centralized my farm's jobs in MSX, covering about 70 instances of SQL Server. Seemingly randomly, at least once a week, several instances will stop accepting instructions. Within the MSX window ...
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How to see entire job step output?

We have a powershell job that creates a pretty long output (it has robocopy output, among other things). In the SQL Agent Job History, we only see the first 1k or so of this output. 1) Is there ...
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Why Isn't the SQL Server Agent Service Set to Automatic Startup by Default?

After a default install of SQL Server 2008 R2, the SQL Server Agent process seems to be set to manual startup. What is the reason for this? Is setting to automatic a bad idea or pointless for some ...
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Reset / force SQL Agent Next run date

I need to test SQL Agent over a period of time, so need to change the system clock into the future quite often (and back)... don't worry it's only my local machine not a server :-) The trouble is ...
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SQL-Server login-error of SQL-Server Agent Account

I have to manage a configured SQL-Server version 2005 and have setup Database Mail successfully - test mail works. Also I've changed the agent service to a domain user with (currently) domain admin ...
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SQL Server 2012 SQL Agent Job with PowerShell step fails on Out-File cmdlet with “ReportWrongProviderType” error

We've recently upgraded to SQL Server 2012 (from SQL Server 2008 R2) on Windows Server 2012 (from Windows Server 2008 R2), and a SQL Server Job Agent job that was previously running without error is ...
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First time running a replication on SQL Server 2008. “The process could not connect to subscriber 'SERVER2'”

I've set up Replication between two remote servers, Using Peer to Peer & Transactional updates. The subscription is all set, but the actual replication doesn't take place. When viewing the ...
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Error checking with sp_send_dbmail

This question is kind of multifaceted. First, what I'm trying to actually accomplish: I am in an environment where there is not really heavy data validation on inputs. So there is lots of opportunity ...
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Turn Off Alerts

We have a SQL Server 2008 R2 database instance running on a VM. Nightly, between 10p and 12a, we are getting the following error message: DATE/TIME: 2/3/2014 10:16:37 PM DESCRIPTION: Database ...
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SQL server agent job built on SSIS package not working

I transferred a job from the old SQL Server 2005 to an upgraded SQL Server 2008 R2 instance, and I scripted out everything, changed the data source and other details... "This job should copy some ...
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Which user does Windows Authentication of a maintenance plan authenticate? before whom, why and for what?

I am having a maintenance plan configured with Windows Authentication being run by an SQL Server Agent job with owner sa Whom does Windows Authentication of a maintenance plan authenticate, ...