Force a Target Server to Poll the Master Server

This topic describes how to force a target server to poll the master server. The target server must be a registered server on the master server.

A job is a specified series of actions that SQL Server Agent performs. A multiserver job is a job that a master server runs on one or more target servers. Each target server can run one instance of the same job at the same time. Each target server periodically polls the master server, downloads a copy of any new jobs assigned to the target server, and then disconnects. The target server runs the job locally and then reconnects to the master server to upload the job outcome status.

Note

If the master server is inaccessible when the target server tries to upload job status, the job status is spooled until the master server can be accessed.

  • Before you begin: ┬áLimitations and Restrictions, Security

  • To force a target server to poll the master server, using: SQL Server Management Studio

Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

The target server must be a registered server on the master server. You must run the instructions given in this topic from the master server.

Security

For detailed information, see Implement SQL Server Agent Security and Choose the Right SQL Server Agent Service Account for Multiserver Environments.

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Using SQL Server Management Studio

To force a target server to poll the master server

  1. In Object Explorer, expand the master server.

  2. Right-click SQL Server Agent, point to Multi Server Administration, and then click Manage Target Servers.

  3. Click a target server, and then click Force Poll.

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