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I am trying to build a query with a cursor that queries a table with detailed server names.  The idea behind the query is to have the cursor loop through the table, grab the server name and run a stored procedure "msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = 'FC Updates', @server_name = @srvname".  I want the stored procedure to start a job remotely on the allocated server in the table named "FC Updates".  I am receiving an error:
"Msg 14262, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_verify_job_identifiers, Line 61
The specified @job_name ('FC Updates') does not exist."

Any ideas? Query is attached.
Cursor-FC-Update-Job-.txt
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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are you running:

exec servername.msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = 'FC Updates', @server_name = @srvname

or just

exec msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = 'FC Updates', @server_name = @srvname

Because unless the job exists locally on the server you are running it from, with a target server of @srvname, then this won't work.  You will need to execute it via the linked server call like I have shown above.
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by:DADITWebGroup
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This is what I get when I execute your code...

Could not find server 'srvname' in sysservers. Execute sp_addlinkedserver to add the server to sysservers.
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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you have to add the linked server.
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by:DADITWebGroup
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I have 40 linked servers that are already configured and are used in several other jobs.  I attached my query.  Thanks for your help.
FC-Update-Job.txt
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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But what I'm saying is that you aren't attempting to run a job that exists on the remote (linked) server with your query, you are attempting to execute a LOCAL job that is TARGETed to a remote server.


For example, I will comment out your start job statements with the correct syntax for executing a remote job below it.


Just so you know, sp_Start_job is asynchronous.  sp_start_job sends an alert to the SQL Agent service telling it to start a job.  The call then returns and you don't have any status update as to when it finished.  So all your "Completion time:" will represent is the time it took to start all the jobs, not the time it took to execute them.

Check out this to see how we tackled the problem of executing synchronous jobs.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_23817564.html

Declare @srvname nvarchar(50), @statuslevel int, @status varchar(100)
,@SQL nvarchar(4000)
Declare SrvName cursor for
	Select Distinct srvname
	from sysservers
	order by srvname    
Open SrvName
Fetch Next From SrvName into @srvname
While @@fetch_status = 0
	Begin
		Print 'Beginning ' + @srvname + ' fc update'
		Exec master.dbo.stp_ServerStatus @srvname, @statuslevel output, @status output
		If @status = 'Running'
			Begin
 
--EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = 'FC Updates', @server_name = @srvname
--^^ this executes a local job to a remote target
--EXEC @srvname.msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = 'FC Updates'
--^^ This executes a remote job on a remote server.  
--   But, since you can't put a variable in the server of a 4 part name
--   we need to put it in dynamic SQL like BELOW 
-- \\//
--  \/
--
set @SQL = 'EXEC [' @srvname + '].msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = ''FC Updates'' '
 
exec (@SQL)
				Print @srvname + ' fc update of branch numbers is executing.'
			End
		Else
			Begin
				Print @srvname + ' is unavailable thus the fc update has not been completed for this server'
			End
		Print ' '
		Print ' '
		Fetch Next From SrvName into @srvname
	End
	Print ' '
	Print ' '
	Print 'Completion time: ' + convert(varchar(50),getdate())
Close SrvName
Deallocate SrvName
GO

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by:DADITWebGroup
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Thanks for laying this out for me.  However, I am getting one small syntax error that I can't seem to fix with your code.  Probably something small that I overlooked "as usual".  

Msg 170, Level 15, State 1, Line 25
Line 25: Incorrect syntax near '@srvname'.
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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On line 25 I forgot the + after exec ['

should be:

set @SQL = 'EXEC [' + @srvname + '].msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = ''FC Updates'' '
 
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by:DADITWebGroup
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Now this error....I must be missing something else.

Could not find server ' ABERDEEN' in sysservers. Execute sp_addlinkedserver to add the server to sysservers.
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BrandonGalderisi earned 250 total points
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based upon the error, I think you may have copied or corrected something incorrectly.  This is indicating that you have mistakenly put a space between the [ and the ' on line 25.


I bet you have:
set @SQL = 'EXEC [ ' + @srvname + '].msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = ''FC Updates'' '
 
instead of:
set @SQL = 'EXEC [' + @srvname + '].msdb.dbo.sp_start_job @job_Name = ''FC Updates'' '
 
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Fantastic experience!!  Thanks for the prompt assistance and detailed explainations of what was occuring.  
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