Troubleshooting Multiserver Jobs That Use Proxies

Distributed jobs whose steps are associated with a proxy run under the context of the proxy account on the target server. If job steps that use proxy accounts fail when downloaded from the master server, check the error_message column in the sysdownloadlist table in the msdb database for the following error messages:

  • "The job step requires a proxy account, however proxy matching is disabled on the target server."

    To resolve this error, set the \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.<n>\SQLServerAgent\AllowDownloadedJobsToMatchProxyName registry subkey to 1 (true). By default, this subkey is set to 0 (false). The value of MSSQL.<n> is the instance name; for example, MSSQL.1 or MSSQL.3.

  • "Proxy not found."

    To resolve this error, make sure a proxy account exists on the target server with the same name as the master server proxy account under which the job step runs.


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