job failing

Hi I have a job created to execute two stored procedures:

exec sp_Import_PopulateImportTables
exec sp_Import

If I run these two commands regularly (without a job) they work fine. But when I try to put them in a job I get this error:

Executed as user: NT AUTHORITY\\SYSTEM. Could not find stored procedure 'sp_Import_PopulateImportTables'. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 2812). The step failed.

This stored procedure is DEFINITELY in the database. What am I doing wrong here????? Thanks in advance!!!!!! any insight is greatly appreciated

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asked Jun 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM in Default

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@muk Try to avoid naming the procedures with sp_ prefix if it is at all possible. Back in the good old days this would be totally bad because this prefix is reserved for the system procedures in the master database. I now that in nowadays the chicanery with sp_ is possible, but still the practice should be avoided.

Jun 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM Oleg

Thank you for the tips guys. I tried putting the fully qualified name and it still does not work. Any other ideas?

Jun 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM muk

Actually sorry I now get this error:

Executed as user: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM. Login failed for user 'EXCHANGE\SQL01$'. [SQLSTATE 28000] (Error 18456) Staging Import Succeeded [SQLSTATE 01000] (Error 0). The step failed.

(The name of the database is SQL01) and I am executing as user SQLbackups

Jun 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM muk
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3 answers: sort voted first

But testing the connections through SSMS isn't the same as a job running under SQL Agent trying to connect... You may need to add the SQLBackups account as a named account on the linked server connection, depending on how you have them set up. You got some linked server pointers in this question http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/90047/please-help-login-failed.html

[Posted as an answer at the request of the OP - see the comment trail under my other answer to see how we got here :)]

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answered Jun 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM

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Hmm, either it has something to do with the executing account of sql server agent or you have the wrong db focus (or both).

First the easy one: Try the FQDN of your db, e.g. Mydatabase.schemaName.MyProcedure or reconfigure your Jobstep and choose the right db in the drop down menue. Another hint: normally it is better to use usp_ instead of sp_ when naming user stored procedures (catchword: naming convention).

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answered Jun 26, 2012 at 09:37 PM

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The database in context of a job is not necessarily the one where your sp is. Fully qualify the tsql as

 Exec database.schema.storedprocedure
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answered Jun 26, 2012 at 09:37 PM

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So now you have a login failure error. Check in the SQL Server error log for that status that accompanies the 18456 error and look it up here http://sqlblog.com/blogs/aaron_bertrand/archive/2011/01/14/sql-server-v-next-denali-additional-states-for-error-18456.aspx

Jun 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM Kev Riley ♦♦

No not that state - look in the SQL log for a message like

Error: 18456, Severity: 14, State: XXX. Login failed for user 'EXCHANGE\\SQL01$'

Jun 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM Kev Riley ♦♦

FYI - the SQLSTATE is an ODBC error code http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms714687(v=vs.85).aspx and isn't related to the underlying issue

Jun 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM Kev Riley ♦♦

OK then we'll try this blind :).... so the server is complaining that the user EXCHANGE\\SQL01$ (the server account) does not have the necessary permissions to do something. It might be running those procs, or something you are trying to do within those procs.

When you say they run fine regularly, I presume you mean in SSMS - what user are you connected as then?

What account is SQL Agent running as?

Jun 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM Kev Riley ♦♦

It's possible. Have you tried running SSMS as the SQLBackups user, and then running the procs?

Actually looking at the error message it states 'Executed as user: NT AUTHORITY\\SYSTEM' - are you sure the job is being run as the Agent service? Is there any value in the drop down box 'Run as' on the job steps?

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