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How to schedule a job script using commands

Posted on 2007-10-20
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I'd like to schedule a job script to run daily at say 1am. I'd like to set this schedule using script commands (not enterprise manager). The script to be run is say at d:\myscript.txt

What are the commands to set this?

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>not enterprise manager
why not?

now, with sql server 2000, you would use osql.exe to run a script file
with sql 2005, the corresponding tool is sqlcmd.exe

please look in the books online about the tool you have too use, about the flags to use...
if you have any question, don't hesitate to ask


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ID: 20114600
I want to provide a script so i can install on a new machine very quickly (the new machine is not built yet)

Some of the commands i think i need are:

But there are many options and i'm new to this. In the simple case that i need, i hope it can't be more the a few lines of code. Points up if its harder than i think.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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sorry, I misunderstood you a bit.

now, I suggest you set up a full job in enterprise manager, and then right-click it and choose the "script job" menu... that will give you a full script with all the steps you need, so you can use that as "template".
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ID: 20115472
Thanks, this helps. Yes confusing, 2 scripts 1 to setup the schedule (what i'm looking for), and 1 that i will be scheduled daily (that i have already).  

I guess then i just need to know the command to run a script file, so i can put this into my one-step job, can you help here?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>I guess then i just need to know the command to run a script file
is the script a procedure, or contained in a file?
if it is a file, you get back to my first comment:
* use sqlcmd command line tool to run the script file
and combine that with
* you can set up a job to run a batch file or command line tool with arguments instead of a sql script


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It's a file, eg d:\myscript.txt as mentioned. What do i type into the 'Command' box of jobstep? following from suggestion to use Enterprise mgr then generate script.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
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if you take this "command":
isqlw.exe -U sa -P admin -f c:\script\shrink.sql
your step needs to be of type "operating system command"

if you take this version:
exec master..xp_cmdshell 'osql -Usa -Padmin -Smyserver -i"c:\script\shrink.sql"'

your step needs to be a "normal" SQL type step.

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Thanks, this is useful, i'm just getting my head round all this new stuff, will post back shortly.

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