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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What is the “SQL Agent - Generic Refresher”? Do I need it?

In relation to my other question: Why do connections to my database fail, but only sometimes? (more details of the specific problem are here). What is the SQL Agent - Generic Refresher service? It ...
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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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sql server 2000: no longer able to expand jobs in sql server agent

In SSMS on a Windows 7 machine, while connecting to a server running SQL Server 2000, I am no longer able to click on the Jobs to see the Object Explorer Details. Previously, this was not an issue, ...
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Minimum Permission to Restart SQL Services

Occasionally, our developers need to restart SQL services. We do not want said developers to be local admins on each server if not necessary. What is the minimum permission required so that the ...
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stored procedure with multiple statements does not execute all statements when run from job

** see updates below I have a stored procedure (SQL Server 2012) that deletes old records from a table, then inserts new records from a view to synchronize the table with the view. When I execute the ...
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Maintenance Plan Job running at additional unscheduled times?

I have a situation that has left me really scratching my head. This is a SQL Server 2008r2 instance, used as the database server for a substantial corporate SharePoint service. As my company is ...
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send custom email when SQL Server job fails

I have setup a profile and account for sending mail using DatabaseMail. I have a SQL JOB. If the job fails, I receive an Email Till this point, everything works fine. This is what the email looks ...
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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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Copy files using script to a network share

Is there a simple script I can use to copy files in a particular folder to a network share? This is for use with SQL Server Agent so I can run it as a step after backups. Thanks
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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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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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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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Differential backup job is working but not the Full daily backup

I have a full backup job for my database that runs once daily, I see it posted daily in the folder that it should go to, but when I check the "View History" for this job in SQL Server Agent, there are ...
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How do I find out if Sql server Agent's login has rights to a DB?

How do I find out if the SQL server Agent's login has rights to the target DB, that is the DB on which I will be executing a query ? Also, how do I find the service that's controlling Agent on the ...
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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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What's the owner of SqlServerAgent job for?

What is the possible use of owner of an SQL Server Agent job, I wonder? Removed, and left it blank and the job still succeeds
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How to give the least permissions for CRUD-managing and running SQLServerAgent jobs as well as Maintenance Plans?

Follow up to my question "What's the owner of SqlServerAgent job for?" Basically, I am trying to understand how to create a user-login with least privileges for CRUD-maintaining SQLServerAgent jobs ...
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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 Server Agent - Will Job Run on Specific Future Date?

I have a number of SQL Server Agent jobs will different types of schedules (Daily, Weekly, Monthly). Each of these jobs will represent an event. For example there will be an FTP job that will ...
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Is the [NT Service\SQLSERVERAGENT] a supported type for SQL Server Agent service?

Reading and re-reading MSDN "Select an Account for the SQL Server Agent Service". NT Service\SQLSERVERAGENT is not listed in the "Supported Service Account Types" section. And, if not, what is it ...
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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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How to launch SQL Server Agent job on completion of another one?

An SQL Server Agent job (SSA) have to be executed after a few other SSA jobs. Is there any way to start SSA jobs on completion (or success, or failure) of another one? Currently, I do this on ...
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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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Sql Server Agent fails to run batch from desktop

I’m using SQL Server 2008 and running a batch file from SQL Server Agent. The batch file is located in my desktop. When I try to run the job I get an error: “access is denied.” The batch file runs ...
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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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The specified @job_id does not exist

After deleting a SQL Server Agent job I continue to get notifications that the job attempted to run and failed. I am receiving the following error message. [000] Unable to retrieve steps for job ...
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Run a program on a remote computer after a SQL job has completed

We have a SQL Agent Job that performs a few tasks every night (schedulled to run using SQL Agent). The database server is SQL 2012 if that makes a difference. We have another process (a .net program) ...
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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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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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Need Help Executing a Remote Task from SQL Server Agent

There is a scheduled task running on a batch server via the Windows Task Scheduler that sometimes overlaps with other scheduled jobs in the SQL Server Agent causing CPU issues. We can solve this if ...
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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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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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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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SQL Agent embedded PowerShell script in CmdExec step fails with import-module sqlps

SQL Server 2008R2 PowerShell 2.1 I am trying to create a SQL Agent job that dynamically backs up all non-corrupted SSAS databases on an instance without the use of SSIS. In my SQL Agent job, when I ...
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The job failed. The owner (pc\user) of job FULL DB BACKUP does not have server access

SQL Server 2008R2 is failing to execute log backup hourly. Date 5/2/2013 10:22:19 PM Log Job History (LOG BACKUP) Step ID 0 Server pc Job Name LOG BACKUP Step ...
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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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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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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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Run job in agent based on table data

Is there a way to start a SQL Server agent job if a table is not empty? Basically, first I want to check a table, and if the table is not empty then start the job. If it is empty, then check every 1 ...
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How can I change SQL Agent Log file to use unicode format?

I've created a database with tables that heavily leverages nvarchar for most of the columns. One of the challenges I'm running into is that when I go to view the SQL Server Agent Log files, I get the ...
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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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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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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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Requesting advice on creating a table controlled SQL job scheduler

I have been tasked with cleaning up a series of SQL jobs that send email updates about various data and system conditions in my company. Currently, there are a ton of jobs, each with its own SQL code ...
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SQL Server - Ignoring object dependencies to copy a DB (despite some column referenced in a sproc no longer existing)

First of all apologies for the novel but there's a lot to explain... We have over 100 databases for our product, 1 per server, each of which has variations on other ones (ideally they should all be ...
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SQL Server Maintenance Plan multiple database backups in a single folder

I am using SQL Server 2008 R2. I am trying to create a maintenance plan which backs up multiple databases into one single folder for a day. For ex. I need to backup db1, db2, db3 and dump all these 3 ...
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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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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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Connect to SQL Server 2012 Database from 2008 Agent Job containing 2008 SSIS Package

I'm planning the rollout of SQL Server 2012. My client has a number of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages currently deployed to SSIS 2008 and consumed by SQL Server Agent Jobs defined on ...
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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 ...