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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Running SSIS package from SQL Agent job owned by a non-sysadmin domain user

I have two SSIS packages that run scheduled overnight (via SQL Server Agent) as part of a larger SSIS deployment, without any issues. Everything is using Windows authentication, and the scheduled job ...
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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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alert when any job in a job category fails

Is it possible to set up an alert in SQL Server 2008 that will send an e-mail anytime a job in a specific category fails? I am wondering because I would like to set up an e-mail anytime an SSRS ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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SQL Server Job History Disappears After 5 Days

I feel like this is a silly question but for the life of me, I can't track down what is going on. I have just taken over administration of several servers and on all of them, the job history is being ...
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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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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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Does the Sql Server Agent account need sysadmin permission?

I ran Brent Ozar's sp_blitz script, and one of the things it's complaining about is that my SQL Server Agent account has sysadmin permission. I removed the sysadmin permission, but then the agent ...
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SQL Server Backup Process Tuning

I am working for a small company that has 20 full time web sites. And another 20-30 micro sites. We are having issues with the sites freezing every day after the SQL Server Agent backup is running. ...
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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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Principle of least privilege for sql server agent jobs

I've just read this article which advocates using the sa account for ownership of sql server agent jobs. http://sqlmag.com/blog/sql-server-tip-assign-ownership-jobs-sysadmin-account He has a couple ...
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SQL Server Agent won't start

When I'm trying to start SQL Server Agent, I got this error: TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Unable to start service SQLAGENT$SQL_NAGA on server NAGA. (mscorlib) ADDITIONAL ...
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How to clear 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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Why does requesting the “estimated execution plan” for sp_delete_job throw an error?

I'm attempting to look at the estimated execution plan for the following T-SQL statement: EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_delete_job @job_id = '3A015189-F4EB-439B-9CA0-27AFB74719D8' , @originating_server = ...
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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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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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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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How do I ensure only one instance of a job is running?

SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition. We have a job that runs from 20-40 min. We only want one instance of this job running, but we don't want huge gaps between runs. So, scheduling it every 60 min is ...
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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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SQL Job step run as different sql account

I'm curious how to set up a SQL job step to be executed as a different SQL login account. It appears I need to set up a New Proxy Account which requires an existing credential. When I create a ...
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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 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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Passing current server name from SQL Server Agent job to PowerShell

I have a SQL Server Agent job that calls a PowerShell script in one step. And I want to pass the SQL server name and the current job-id to my script. With the job-id I have no problems. But with the ...
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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 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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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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Scheduling jobs on a SQL Always On HA cluster

When scheduling jobs using SQL Server Agent for AOHA cluster, does one use a Master-Target config as you would as if the servers were separate? Or is there a better way to distribute the jobs to all ...
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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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How do I get SQL Server agent to show up in SSMS for a non-sysadmin user?

I have already mapped the user to the msdb database and assigned him the role of SQLAgentOperatorRole, but the user still can't see the SQL Server Agent listed when he connects. The Agent show up fine ...
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SQL Server Agent initiating self-termination

For the past month, one of my servers is facing issues with SQL Server Agent. It stops automatically with below error, which happens randomly: Sql Agent Output file [097] Memory leak detected ...
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Execute permission denied on object sp_start_job

I need to allow a user to kick of a specific agent job without having any ability to start other ones. To accomplish this, I've created the following procedure (simplified): ALTER PROCEDURE ...
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Scheduled stored procedure on all databases in my server

On SQL Server 2012 (not express edition) I'd like to schedule the execution of a stored procedure every hour. On the same server I have lot of databases with the same structure, and I'm constantly ...
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Script to see running jobs in SQL Server with Job Start Time

how to write script to see running jobs in SQL Server with Job Start Time? SELECT sj.name, sja.run_requested_date, CONVERT(VARCHAR(12), sja.stop_execution_date-sja.start_execution_date, 114) ...
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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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Moving SQL Server Agent Job Categories and Schedules

I want to copy a set of Job Categories and Schedules between MS SQL Servers (2012/2014). select * FROM msdb.dbo.sysschedules Returns all schedules. select * FROM msdb.dbo.syscategories WHERE ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Getting a proxy account to backup to a share using Ola Hallengrens backup script

I have a SQL Server 2012 Standard install where the Engine and Agent are running under the default NT Service accounts Engine - NT Service\MSSQLSERVER Agent - NT Service\SQLSERVERAGENT I am trying ...
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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 ...