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Topic Title: Task to check for SQL Server job failures
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Created On: 07/11/2005 10:49 AM
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SQL Server 6.5, SQL Server 7.0, and SQL Server 2000 has a limitation in that you cannot set up SQL Mail on a clustered server  Therefore, if you want to be notified of job failures on a clustered server you must devise a workaround of your own.

Well, here is my AutoMate version of that work-around.

Basically, it querys for job failures in a given date/time range against the sysjobs and sysjobhistory tables in the msdb database of the servers specified in a comma-separated list.  If any job failures are found, an e-mail can be sent to whomever should be notified.

In order to get this working, make sure you have a database user that has access to select from tables in msdb on the servers you are interested in checking.

You will need a registry key to store the last time the task was run.  (Maybe there is some internal AutoMate variable you could access to get this information, but I couldn't locate it.)  Something like this...


We have set this up to run hourly, looking for failures between that last date/time it ran (from aforementioned registry key) plus 1 second and the current date/time.  At the end of the task, it will save the date/time that was used as the ending date/time range value.

If you don't want to (or don't have the authority to) use the registry, this task could easily be modified to store the last run date/time to a table in a database or even just to text file.

This may not be a long-term solution for us, but it will ease our minds and avoid the hassle of manually going to each of our SQL Server to look for job failures until we figure out something else.

Task Steps: (Right click, Select All, Copy to copy to the clipboard. Steps can then be pasted into the AutoMate Task Builder)


Noel Scheaffer
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