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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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 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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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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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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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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What's a good tool for visualizing SQL Agent jobs?

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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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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Why do connections to my database fail, but only sometimes?

I am having some trouble diagnosing the cause of a problem I am having with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. There is an application written in C#.net that connects to the database. Occasionally the ...
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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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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 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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How to provision the SQL Server Agent service after SQL Server Edition upgrade

I have upgraded SQL Server 2008 R2 Express to SQL Server Standard Edition. After I have upgraded it, the SQL Server Agent was stopped. I have tried to start but it fails. Only when I have changed ...
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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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How to debug problems with SQL Server multiserver (Master and Target server) administration?

I've tried to set Mater and Target Servers on various cobinations of SQL Servers 2012 R2 on Window Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 machines but always getting one or 2 of the following errors during ...