Start a SQL Server Agent Job using the SQL Server PowerShell Provider

Whew!  That’s a mouthfull. Anyway, I thought I would share part of a script I wrote today to help automate (more) from PowerShell. This assumes a few things: that you’re doing this from the SQL Server 2008 PowerShell provider (not just good old regular PowerShell) and that you change the HAL9000 and SQL2K8 parts with your server name and your Instance name. Oh, and the Jobs I start are called “Test” and then something else. That’s the Test* part. You can use a specific name and drop the * or use your own naming convention.

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# Start a Job named Test in the SQL Server 2008 PowrShell Provider

DIR SQLSERVER:\SQL\HAL9000\SQL2K8\JobServer\Jobs\Test* | % {$_.Start()}

Comments (2)
  1. cmille19 says:

    Nice! Using provider is much shorter than the regular Powershell method:



    $server = new-object ("Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server") "HAL9000SQL2K8"

    $jobsrv = $server.JobServer

    $jobsrv.Jobs | where {$ -like "Test*"} | foreach {$_.Start()}

  2. c_kenth says:

    This is a little more complex, but it will start the job and return the result…

    $strSrvInst = "ServerInstance";

    $strJob = "My_Job";

    $iTmeOut = 600;

    $strSQL = "


      @nvcJob nvarchar(4000),

      @iStrtDte int,

      @iStrtTme int;


      @nvcJob = '$strJob',

      @iStrtDte = cast(right(replicate('0', 4) + cast(datepart(yyyy, getdate()) as char(4)), 4)

      + right(replicate('0', 2) + cast(datepart(mm, getdate()) as nvarchar(2)), 2)

      + right(replicate('0', 2) + cast(datepart(dd, getdate()) as nvarchar(2)), 2) as integer),

      @iStrtTme = cast(right(replicate('0', 2) + cast(datepart(hh, getdate()) as nvarchar(2)), 2)

      + right(replicate('0', 2) + cast(datepart(mi, getdate()) as nvarchar(2)), 2)

      + right(replicate('0', 2) + cast(datepart(ss, getdate()) as nvarchar(2)), 2) as integer);

    execute msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @nvcJob;

    while not exists (

      select sjh.run_status

      from  msdb.dbo.sysjobhistory sjh, msdb.dbo.sysjobs sj

      where sjh.job_id =  sj.job_id

      and name = @nvcJob

      and run_date >= @iStrtDte

      and run_time >= @iStrtTme)


      waitfor delay '00:00:02';



      case run_status

      when 0 then 'FAILED'

      when 1 then 'SUCCEEDED'

      when 2 then 'RETRY'

      when 3 then 'CANCELLED'

      end as Job_Result

      from  msdb.dbo.sysjobhistory sjh, msdb.dbo.sysjobs sj

      where sjh.job_id =  sj.job_id

      and name = @nvcJob

      and step_name = '(Job outcome)'

      and run_date >= @iStrtDte

      and run_time >= @iStrtTme;";

    Invoke-Sqlcmd -ServerInstance $strSrvInst -Query $strSQL -QueryTimeout $iTmeOut;

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