SQL Scheduled FTP Task not running, WinSCP

Posted on 2014-10-08
Last Modified: 2016-06-12

     I have a SQL job that uploads some TXT files to a remote sever nightly using WinSCP. The job runs fine when I manually run it but when it is scheduled it does not complete properly, nor does it provide an accurate error message. I'm not sure if it's a remote host problem or a local user rights issue.

Windows Server 2008 R2
MS SQL Server 2008 R2

The BAT file that runs the job:

cd \MILLHTML\online~1\export
echo ********** Start Export ********** >> export.log
date /T >> export.log
time /T >> export.log
copy  *.txt .\savefile\
echo ********** Initiating SFTP Transfer ********** >> export.log
psftp -v -pw <<password>> <<user>>@ssh.<<host>>.com -b sshtransfer.ftp >>export.log
date /T >> export.log
time /T >> export.log
echo ********** SFTP Transfer Complete ********** >> export.log
erase *.txt
echo ********** End Export ********** >> export.log
date /T >> export.log
time /T >> export.log

The sshtransfer.ftp command:
mput *.txt

The Log:
********** Start Export **********
Tue 10/07/2014
05:30 PM
********** Initiating SFTP Transfer **********
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 --------------------------------------------------------------------------
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 WinSCP Version 5.5.5 (Build 4605) (OS 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 - Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard)
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Configuration: D:\MILLHTML\ONLINE~1\export\WinSCP.ini
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Local account: FND\SQLUser
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Working directory: D:\MILLHTML\ONLINE~1\export
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Process ID: 2696
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Command-line: "D:\MILLHTML\ONLINE~1\export\WinSCP.exe" /console=555 /consoleinstance=_4884_670 "/console" "/script=WinSCP.ftp" "/log=WinSCPexportPCI.log"
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Time zone: Current: GMT-4, Standard: GMT-5 (Eastern Standard Time), DST: GMT-4 (Eastern Daylight Time), DST Start: 3/9/2014, DST End: 11/2/2014
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Login time: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 5:30:09 PM
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 --------------------------------------------------------------------------
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: Retrospectively logging previous script records:
> 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: option batch abort
< 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: batch           abort    
> 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: option confirm off
< 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: confirm         off      
> 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: option transfer binary
< 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: transfer        binary    
> 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Script: open <<user>>:***@ssh.<<host>>.com:22
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 --------------------------------------------------------------------------
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Session name: <<user>>@ssh.<<host>>.com (Ad-Hoc site)
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Host name: ssh.<<host>>.com (Port: 22)
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 User name: <<user>> (Password: Yes, Key file: No)
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Tunnel: No
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Transfer Protocol: SFTP (SCP)
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Ping type: -, Ping interval: 30 sec; Timeout: 15 sec
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Proxy: none
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Send buffer: 262144
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 SSH protocol version: 2; Compression: No
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Bypass authentication: No
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Try agent: Yes; Agent forwarding: No; TIS/CryptoCard: No; KI: Yes; GSSAPI: No
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Ciphers: aes,blowfish,3des,WARN,arcfour,des; Ssh2DES: No
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 SSH Bugs: A,A,A,A,A,A,A,A,A,A
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Simple channel: Yes
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Return code variable: Autodetect; Lookup user groups: A
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Shell: default
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 EOL: 0, UTF: 2
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Clear aliases: Yes, Unset nat.vars: Yes, Resolve symlinks: Yes
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 LS: ls -la, Ign LS warn: Yes, Scp1 Comp: No
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 SFTP Bugs: A,A
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 SFTP Server: default
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Local directory: default, Remote directory: home, Update: Yes, Cache: Yes
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Cache directory changes: Yes, Permanent: Yes
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 DST mode: 1; Timezone offset: 0h 0m
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 --------------------------------------------------------------------------
. 2014-10-07 17:30:09.284 Looking up host "ssh.<<host>>.com"
Tue 10/07/2014
05:30 PM
********** SFTP Transfer Complete **********
********** End Export **********
Tue 10/07/2014
05:30 PM

After the Looking up host "ssh.<<host>>.com" is should then connect. I don't know why is doesn't connect and continue or at least provide me with an error message, something..
Question by:FNDAdmin
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by:Stefan Hoffmann
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Well, you need to consider that a scheduled job is per default run with very few priveleges. Thus create an normal account for running WinScp, test it, and use this account to run the job.

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The SQL job is setup with Owner of our domain admin account. In the SQL Job I am unable to choose a 'Run as" option for this FTP Step. The drop down box has no entries nor any way to choose a user.

The WinSCP log shows that, "Local account: FND\SQLUser", which is the domain user account that SQL Server Agent uses to log on as and start-up with. I have granted SQLUser "Allow log on locally"rights on the SQL Server. Is there any other rights I should be granting this account to allow it to function properly?

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It seems that my issue was resolved by editing the compatibility of the WinSCP.exe and enabling the 'Run this program as an administrator' setting.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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by:Stefan Hoffmann
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It's exactly what I wrote: The job was run under an account with not enough privileges.

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