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Using Powershell to List Failed SQL Server Jobs

14 August,2008 by Tom Collins

Running the code below within the Powershell interface will list all SQL Server jobs failed
on SQL Server instances (SQL SERVER 2000 & SQL SERVER 2005) listed in the "C:\Instances.txt" document.
An example of the lists in that document is:


Currently the sql code will list jobs failed within the last 2 days. Configure to your requirements.

To run , wither copy and paste straight into a Powershell  cmdlet which is a series of commands, usually more than one line, stored in a text file with a .ps1 extension. 

-----CODE STARTS-----------------------------------
foreach ($svr in get-content "C:\Instances.txt"){
    $dt = new-object "System.Data.DataTable"
    $cn = new-object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection "server=$svr;database=msdb;Integrated Security=sspi"
    $sql = $cn.CreateCommand()
    $sql.CommandText = "SELECT sjh.server,, CONVERT(VARCHAR(30),sjh.message) as message , sjh.run_date, sjh.run_time
FROM msdb..sysjobhistory sjh
JOIN msdb..sysjobs sj on sjh.job_id = sj.job_id
JOIN (SELECT job_id, max(instance_id) maxinstanceid 
FROM msdb..sysjobhistory 
WHERE run_status NOT IN (1,4) 
GROUP BY job_id) a ON sjh.job_id = a.job_id AND sjh.instance_id = a.maxinstanceid 
WHERE    DATEDIFF(dd,CONVERT(VARCHAR(8),sjh.run_date), GETDATE()) <= 2"
    $rdr = $sql.ExecuteReader()
    $dt | Format-Table -autosize
-----------------CODE ENDS--------------------------

 See Also

SQL Agent Jobs – Schedule in seconds

Powershell Scripts for DBA

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