I'm using SQL Server 2005 and I need to save every SQL agent job in single 'create in' *.sql files. The problem is that I got about 20 SQL Server with 15 (up to 51) SQL jobs.

How can I export these jobs easy in single files?

If I mark all jobs they will be saved in a single file. It would take to long to manually export every single job to a file.

Did someone have an idea?

  • Are you needing a single file for each server's jobs, or a single file for ALL of the jobs on all of your servers? Also, what do you intend to do with this? – DForck42 Jan 15 '15 at 22:04
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    I need a single file for each server's jobs because the jobs were never in QA and it was decided to make an QA. Now I have to checkin the jobs in CVS. – hellskitchen Jan 16 '15 at 11:20

In one of our processes we are using Powershell to achieve this.. I am not sure of the link who has written, since it resides in our process, but below script might be useful to you.


#Load the input file into an Object array

$ServerNameList = get-content -path $ServerListPath 

#Load the SQL Server SMO Assemly

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo") | Out-Null 

#Create a new SqlConnection object

 $objSQLConnection = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection 

#For each server in the array do the following

foreach($ServerName in $ServerNameList)

     $objSQLConnection.ConnectionString = "Server=$ServerName;Integrated   Security=SSPI;" 
         Write-Host "Trying to connect to SQL Server instance on $ServerName..." -NoNewline
        $objSQLConnection.Open() | Out-Null
        Write-Host "Success."
    Write-Host -BackgroundColor Red -ForegroundColor White "Fail"
    $errText =  $Error[0].ToString()
        if ($errText.Contains("network-related"))
    {Write-Host "Connection Error. Check server name, port, firewall."}

    Write-Host $errText

#IF the output folder does not exist then create it

$OutputFolder = ".\$ServerName"
$DoesFolderExist = Test-Path $OutputFolder
$null = if (!$DoesFolderExist){MKDIR "$OutputFolder"}

#Create a new SMO instance for this

$srv = New-Object "Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server" $ServerName

#Script out each SQL Server Agent Job for the server

$srv.JobServer.Jobs | foreach {$_.Script() + "GO`r`n"} | out-file ".\$OutputFolder\jobs.sql"

#Use the command below to output each SQL Agent Job to a separate file. Remember to comment out the line above.

#Removed backslash character, typically seen in Replication Agent jobs, to avoid invalid filepath issue

#$srv.JobServer.Jobs | foreach-object -process

{out-file -filepath $(".\$OutputFolder\" + $($_.Name -replace '\\', '') + ".sql") -inputobject $_.Script() }


  • +1 looks like what I want. Unfortunately Powershell is deactived for the sql server but I will look to activate it. – hellskitchen Jan 16 '15 at 11:23
  • @hellskitchen, hope it helps and kindly markup if answer is useful or correct if answered, you're welcome ! – KASQLDBA Jan 16 '15 at 14:44

There are two possible ways
1. Automatically create scripts for all SQL Server Jobs

  1. I. Open Object Details

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II. Select All Jobs (Shift + Mouse Click) -> Right Click -> Script Job as
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  • Love the feature in your 2nd answer - can never work out why it's "hidden" behind using Object Explorer Details +1 – MHSQLDBA Jan 15 '15 at 13:13
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    @MHSQLDBA Because the Object Explorer tree does not support multi-select. – Aaron Bertrand Jan 15 '15 at 14:29
  • I meant I can't work out the reason for not making it a feature on the Object Explorer tree - is there a good reason that it does not? – MHSQLDBA Jan 15 '15 at 16:11
  • thanks, but in that way I only get a single file for all jobs not multiple files. – hellskitchen Jan 16 '15 at 11:21

I use Bill Graziano's Script SQL Server Configuration project on Codeplex for this. It can script the whole configuration of a SQL Server instance to .sql files, including SQL Server Agent jobs.

It is a command line utility, so with multiple servers to script, you can use a batch or PowerShell script to loop through all the servers.


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