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Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:57 AM
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I have an SSIS project with one step, an Execute Process Task. It simply runs an executable off the hard drive and passes in three parameters. From debug mode, it kicks off the executable perfectly and the step is completed.

However, when I publish the packing into the SQL SSIS package store and create a job with SQL Server Agent, it runs and generates no error messages but it never actually runs the executable. It just hangs there with its wheel turning forever, if I let it. I have to manually stop the job to get it to quit.

I've been looking through the properties for the SSIS project and for SQL Server Agent but cannot find anything that might cause it to hang up like this. Any advice would be appreciated!

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Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:40 AM


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One of the great advantages of SSIS is the ability to add robust error handling to sql server jobs. I would suggest adding some error handling, or at least logging to your job and see what comes out.
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Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:15 PM

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or remote into the server, doubleclick on the package (if its saved as DTSX) and run.
You will see the output

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Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:54 AM

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Hi - One difference by running your package as a job is that by default it is now running in the context of the SQL agent Service account where as in debug it is running as your user account.

Are you sure the user running the SQL Agent Service has rights to access & run the executable?

Perhaps try running the package in debug mode while logged in as the SQL agent user (if possible)?

Are you using the full path to the exe?

Hope this is useful.
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Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 8:33 AM



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Chances are it is not a permission issue related to reaching the executable or related to something the SSIS package or executable are trying to do otherwise the job would simply fail. That said, it could be related to the aforementioned fact that the packge is now going to be running under the context of either the proxy account the job step is set to run as, or the SQL Agent service account.

What does the executable do?

I have seen lots of posts with similar descriptions where the root cause is attributed to something the package is doing, either directly or indirectly, that generates an interactive prompt. Since this is an unattended process there is no one to answer the question in the prompt so the package just sits there indefinitely. Examples of this scenario are SFTP and PGP. When you first kick off a process that requires the use of an encryption key you might be prompted to accept the use of the keys so they can be added to the current user's keyring. In this instance, if the user running the SSIS package via the SQL Agent job has never used these keys then a prompt will be generated.

The fix is to log in as the user running the package via the job, and then run the command line in the job step interactively to see if there are any prompts or messages.

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Posted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 1:19 AM
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If you are using your executable from a UNC path you will have to add it in the zone setting in Local intranet.

On your Internet Explorer, go to Security and select Local Intranet setting. Click on Sites and add your UNC path and click ok. The file:// protocol is added automatically.

This has nothing to do with SSIS, but everything to do with the zone settings in Internet Explorer.

This should help.
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Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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I realize this is a VERY old thread but figured i'd post the solution to thsi problem as I just dealt with the SAME exact problem.

Call your EXE in the Process task via a .Bat file.

on the line before you call your EXE, put the following:


It seems that the SQL Agent service uses the Zone Checking when executing an external EXE. Setting this environment variable will bypass this.
After I did this, everything worked like a charm!
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