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Error While running PowerShell code from SQL Agent job – “Path Does Not Exist”

Issue: When I am running code from PowerShell console its running fine but when I execute it through SQL agent job step, I am getting below error: –

The job script encountered the following errors. These errors did not stop the script:  A job step received an error at line 14 in a PowerShell script. The corresponding line is ‘$files = Get-ChildItem “\\$comp\D$\*.xls”‘. Correct the script and reschedule the job. The error information returned by PowerShell is: ‘An object at the specified path \\ServerName\D$ does not exist.  ‘  A job step received an error at line 43 in a PowerShell script. The corresponding line is ‘    $str = Get-Content $i.FullName | Where-Object { ($_ -match ‘Alive’) }’. Correct the script and reschedule the job. The error information returned by PowerShell is: ‘Cannot bind argument to parameter ‘Path’ because it is null.  ‘.  Process Exit Code -1.  The step failed.

Solution: SQL Server Agent allows users to directly run PowerShell scripts in SQL Server Agent. Internally this is implemented by reusing the SQLPS.EXE shell. When SQL Server Agent starts SQLPS.EXE, It cannot access file system.

To access file system, you need to change the scope from SQL to filesystem.

You can do it by adding “cd C:” before executing filesystem commands.

 

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SQL Server Cluster LooksAlive and IsAlive Check

Windows Cluster Service use the “heartbeat” process to check whether each node is alive at both the OS level and SQL Server level. Heartbeat signals works on UDP.

Microsoft Windows Cluster service perform 2 health checks to perform node & resource availability check.

LooksAlive Health Check

1) LooksAlive is a quick lightweight health check

2) Run at interval of 5 Seconds

3) Does not impact performance but does not perform a thorough check

4) The check will succeed if the service appears to be running even though it might not be operational

5) If Fails calls “IsAlive” health check

6) Polling interval can be changed by adjusting LooksAlivePollInterval property of Cluster service

IsAlive Health Check

1) Run at interval of each 60 Second

2) Perform more detail check then LooksAlive

3) Run @@SERVERNAME to ensure that SQL Server is responding to queries

4) Does not ensure that all user databases are operational

5) Retired 5 times & then try to reconnect SQL Server

6) If all 5 retry fails, the SQL Server resource fails & Windows Cluster service will try to bring it online on other node as per configuration

7) Polling interval can be changed by adjusting IsAlivePollInterval property of Cluster service

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Creation & Deletion of Database Snapshot by SQL Agent Job

Some days back, I received one query on my facebook page that user want to create Database Snapshot frequently & want to delete the oldest with same frequency. Quite interesting scenario. I did not go in deep why he has such requirement but I am clear that It can be done very easily.

So let’s do it. I have setup 2 scripts one for creation of snapshot & another is for deletion of snapshot. We can schedule a SQL agent jobs with 2 steps using these scripts.

Step 1 :-

DECLARE @CREATE_SS VARCHAR(MAX)

DECLARE @DT VARCHAR(100)

SET @DT = REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(CONVERT(VARCHAR,GETDATE(),120),’-‘,’_’),’ ‘,’_’),’:’,’_’)

SET @CREATE_SS =

‘CREATE DATABASE TEST_’+@DT+’ ON

( NAME = TEST, FILENAME =

”C:\TEST_’+@DT+’.SS” )

AS SNAPSHOT OF TEST’

EXEC (@CREATE_SS)

Step 2 :-

IF(SELECT COUNT(*) FROM SYS.DATABASES WHERE SOURCE_DATABASE_ID = DB_ID(‘TEST’))>1

BEGIN

DECLARE @DROP_SS VARCHAR(MAX)

DECLARE @SS_NAME VARCHAR(100)

SELECT TOP 1 @SS_NAME = NAME FROM SYS.DATABASES WHERE SOURCE_DATABASE_ID = DB_ID(‘TEST’)

ORDER BY CREATE_DATE ASC

SET @DROP_SS = ‘DROP DATABASE ‘+ @SS_NAME

EXEC (@DROP_SS)

END

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Renaming or Changing SQL Server Cluster Instance

Renaming or Changing SQL Server cluster instance process is bit different from renaming a stand-alone instance.

Refer : Rename or Change SQL Server Standalone Default Instance http://mssqlfun.com/2014/06/30/rename-or-change-sql-server-standalone-default-instance/)

Refer : Rename or Change SQL Server Standalone Named Instance (http://mssqlfun.com/2014/07/29/rename-or-change-sql-server-standalone-named-instance/)

The name of the virtual server is always the same as the name of the SQL Network Name (the SQL Virtual Server Network Name). You can change the name of the virtual server, you cannot change the instance name like in the case of standalone named instance. You can change a virtual SQL server named SQLServerinstance1 to some other name, such as SQLServerNewinstance1, but the instance part of the name, instance1, will remain unchanged.

Rename a virtual server :-

1. Using Cluster Administrator, change the SQL Network Name or SQL Server DNS Name to the new name.

2. Take the network name resource offline. This takes the SQL Server resource and other dependent resources offline as well.

3. Bring the SQL Server resource back online.

Verify the Renaming Operation :-

1) Using @@ServerName

2) Using sys.servers

Minimize network propagation delay :-

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

nbtstat –RR

You are done ! You should ask your application teams to reconnect with new Name or if they are using IP address then no changes required.

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How to add node to SQL Server Failover Cluster from SQL Server 2008 onwards ?

Steps : How to add node to SQL Server Failover Cluster from SQL Server 2008 onwards ?

1) Open SQL Server Installation Center > Click Installation from Left > Click Add node to a SQL Server Failover Cluster from right

2) Click Run to start setup

3) Click Ok to cont., In case of any failure, you need to fix that first

4) Enter Product Key & click Next

5) Accept EULA & Click Next

6) Click Install to install setup files

7) Click Next, In case of any failure, you need to fix that first

8) Enter Product Key & Click Next

9) Accept EULA & Click Next

10) Select SQL instance to add node

11) Enter Service account password & Click Next. You cannot change service account here, it must be same as existing setup

12) Click Next after Error reporting option

13) Check Setup Rules & click Next. In case of any failure, you need to fix that first

14) Check Configuration & Click install to start installation

15) Installation in progress

16) Installation completed successfully

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