I deploy multiple SQL Server jobs to a fleet of servers using a PowerShell script. I can create the job steps, success fail action, and even the output file. This all works on multiple servers. What I cannot determine is how to specify that the output file is to be appended to instead of overwritten.

The following is the section from my main script. $Job is populated in a previous step.

$JobStep = new-object ('Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Agent.JobStep') ($Job, 'MyJobStepName')
$JobStep.ID = 1
$JobStep.SubSystem = 'PowerShell'
$Command = 'dir d:\'
$JobStep.Command   = $Command
$JobStep.OnSuccessAction = 'GotoNextStep'
$JobStep.OnFailAction    = 'GotoNextStep'
$JobStep.OutputFileName  = 'D:\MyJobFile.txt'

I have been using this MSDN page as a reference.

I modified one of the steps using SQL Server Management Studio and traced the result. This looks promising. I can issue a SQL command after I create the jobsteps.

EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_update_jobstep @job_id=N'12156dcb-c8cd-4267-901a-55175dd44960', @step_id=1 ,
  • Not as per this page. – SqlWorldWide Apr 27 '17 at 15:52
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    I see you already solved your problem. As you already know, SMO calls existing procedures so the documentation for those should be usefull with SMO, in this case it's using sp_add_job_step – Adán Bucio Apr 27 '17 at 16:19
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    @SqlWorldWide the page that you referenced has it The JobStepFlags enumeration is a list of constant values that specify the file to which to append job history information. – Kin Shah Apr 27 '17 at 16:22
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    @Kin thank you so much, do not know why I missed it. – SqlWorldWide Apr 27 '17 at 16:28
  • What is SMO? Do you have a reference? – Peter Mortensen Apr 27 '17 at 21:40

I think it is more along below lines

$jobStep.JobStepFlags = "AppendToLogFile"
  #call the alter to modify
  #display it
  • This would be correct. You can find the values associated to this property here. – Shawn Melton Apr 27 '17 at 16:27
$jobStep.JobStepFlags = "AppendToLogFile"


$jobStep.JobStepFlags = 2

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