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Email SP Results

,

Greetings,

This piece of code will allow you to add a stored procedure name as a parameter, and will then take the output results of the procedure and email it to an address of your choosing, automatically formatting the results into an HTML table embedded in the email for clear and easy reading, or alternatively as an attachment.

Regretfully, there are a few limitations which I will eventually get around to fixing when I am interested in this again, namely:

  • Uses a static 100 length on the output columns instead of dynamically applying a length by referencing the source data
  • Cannot use procedures that have a blank column aliased ie.SELECT  ' ' as Store FROM table.
  • Requires Ad Hoc Distributed Queries server setting to be enabled.
  • Change cursors into tally or alternate loop
  • Customization of colours, table length, font etc.

It is executed as follows:

EXEC DBAdmin.[dbo].[dba_EmailProcResults] @vcProcName='sp_lock'

,@vcDatabaseName='master'

, @vcRecipients='<UrEmailHere>'

, @vcDynamicSubject = 'Log Backup Check'

I hope you have fun using this, and feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions or critique's.

Regards,

Nick

USE [tempdb]
GO
CREATE PROC [dbo].[dba_EmailProcResults]  --'dba_CheckLogbackups','DBAdmin', 'nicholaswilliams@', @vcDynamicSubject = 'Log Backup Check'
 @vcProcNameVARCHAR(1000)
,@vcDatabaseNameVARCHAR(100)
,@vcRecipientsVARCHAR(1000)
,@vcSchemaNameVARCHAR(100)= NULL
,@bAttachQueryAsFileBIT= 0
,@vcDynamicSubjectVARCHAR(100)= 'Query results'

AS
/*
sp_configure 'Show Advanced Options', 1
GO
RECONFIGURE
GO
sp_configure 'Ad Hoc Distributed Queries', 1
GO
RECONFIGURE
GO
*//*
Author:Nicholas Williams
Date:20140519
Desc:Uses a proc as in input and email's the results.

Note:still plenty to update...
Procs cant reference non existant objects, even if logic would prevent them from being used ie. conditional if clause refering to non-existent table, as the remote call seems to force a parse on the query.
yet to make the table columns "smart" in terms of data lengths.
Requires Distributed Queries :/
add in a '?' reference help parameter
Cannot handle '' or blank string columns aliased as an actual column... need to fix.

@attach_query_result_as_file = 1,
    @query_attachment_filename='filename.csv',
*/SET NOCOUNT ON
DECLARE
 @vcServerNameVARCHAR(100)
,@vcStringVARCHAR(325)
,@vcColumnNameVARCHAR(200)
,@nvcTable1NVARCHAR(MAX)
,@nvcQueryNVARCHAR(MAX)
,@nvcBodyNVARCHAR(MAX)
,@vcHeaderVARCHAR(1000)
,@vcTrailerVARCHAR(1000)

DECLARE@MyTable TABLE
(
 string NVARCHAR(MAX)
)

IF (@vcSchemaName) IS NULL
BEGIN
SET @vcSchemaName= 'dbo'
PRINT 'Warning: Schema name was null, setting it to dbo as a default.'
END

SET@vcServerName= 'Server='+(SELECT @@SERVERNAME)+';Trusted_Connection=yes;'
SELECT@vcString= 'EXEC ['+@vcDatabaseName+'].['+@vcSchemaName+'].'+(REPLACE(@vcProcName, '''',''''''))+''

EXEC('
SELECT * INTO ##MyTempTable 
FROM OPENROWSET(''SQLNCLI'', '''+@vcServerName+''','''+@vcString+''')
')
IF (SELECT COUNT(1) FROM ##MyTempTable) >=1
BEGIN

IF @bAttachQueryAsFile <> 1
BEGIN
SET @vcHeader = '
<html><style>table{font-family:Arial;font-size:10;background=black;
color:Black;}html, body, title, 
head{font-family:Arial;font-size:10;background:white;color:Black;}th{font-family:Arial;font-size:15;background=orange;color:Black;}
{font-family:Arial;font-size:10;color:Black;background:White;align:left;valign:top;}</style><body><p><font face="Arial" size="2">Greetings,<br><br>Please see below.<br></font></p>'
SET @vcTrailer = '</body></html>'
--SELECT * FROM ##MyTempTable
SET @nvcTable1 = 
'<br>'+
'<table width=600 border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=5>'+
'<tr style="background-color: White;">'
SET @nvcQuery = '
SELECT CAST((SELECT '
DECLARE column_cursor SCROLL CURSOR FOR
SELECT name FROM tempdb.sys.columns
WHERE object_id = 
(
SELECT id FROM tempdb.dbo.sysobjects
WHERE id = OBJECT_ID('tempdb..##MyTempTable')
)
/*
Need to put in a check to ensure that the result set is less than 4MB, so that it can be emailed.
*/OPEN column_cursor
/*
Note: The odd use of the double fetch statement here is to force the force record of the fetch to be formatted differently, ie. no "," for the first record of the select.
hmm... now that I have changed how the select statement is used, i dont think i need it in the cursor anymore... change later.
*/   FETCH FIRST FROM column_cursor
   INTO @vcColumnName

   SET @nvcQuery = ISNULL(@nvcQuery,'')+
'
 ['+@vcColumnName+']AS ''td'','''''

SET @nvcTable1 = @nvcTable1 +
'<th width=100>'+@vcColumnName+'</th>'
   FETCH NEXT FROM column_cursor
   INTO @vcColumnName

WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
BEGIN 
SET @nvcTable1 = @nvcTable1 +
'<th width=100>'+@vcColumnName+'</th>'

SET @nvcQuery = ISNULL(@nvcQuery,'')+
'
,['+@vcColumnName+']AS ''td'','''''

   FETCH NEXT FROM column_cursor
   INTO @vcColumnName

END
SET @nvcTable1 = @nvcTable1 +
'</tr>'
SET @nvcQuery = @nvcQuery+ 
'
FROM ##MyTempTable
FOR XML PATH(''tr''), TYPE) AS NVARCHAR(MAX))'
SET @vcTrailer='</table><br><br><font face="Arial" size="2"><p>Regards</p><font face="Arial" size="2"><p>UrCompanyName<br></font><font size="1">Microsoft SQL Sever<br><br>Sender info:<br>'+'User - '+SYSTEM_USER+'<br>'+'Procedure - '+@vcProcName+'<br>'+'Database - '+@vcDatabaseName+'<br>'+'Server - '+isnull(@@SERVERNAME,'')+'<br></font></p>'
CLOSE column_cursor
DEALLOCATE column_cursor

INSERT INTO @MyTable
EXEC (@nvcQuery)

SELECT @nvcQuery = String FROM @MyTable
SELECT @nvcBody = @vcHeader+@nvcTable1+@nvcQuery+@vcTrailer
--SELECT @nvcBody

EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail   
 @recipients= @vcRecipients
,@subject= @vcDynamicSubject
,@body= @nvcBody
,@body_format= 'HTML'  

END
ELSE
BEGIN
EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail   
 @recipients= @vcRecipients
,@subject= @vcDynamicSubject
,@body= 'Please View attached file for query results.'
,@body_format= 'Text'  
,@attach_query_result_as_file= 1
,@query_attachment_filename= 'QueryResults.xls'
,@query_result_separator= ''
,@query_result_no_padding= 0
,@query= 'SET NOCOUNT ON SELECT * FROM ##MyTempTable SET NOCOUNT OFF'
END

END
DROP TABLE ##MyTempTable
SET NOCOUNT OFF

/*
set a variable for the table width and the column widths.
add to each length for table for each iteration of the cursor.
look at sys.columns table for data type of the columns to manage table size effectively.
--td = tranDate,''''
*/SET NOCOUNT OFF

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