Adding SQL Server Agent Jobs using Puppet

I find Puppet Enterprise to be very useful for configuring our many SQL Servers.  It does a nice job of setting up the SQL Instance and doing some base configuration.  There were a few things I wanted to add that it didn’t do out of the box that I thought I’d share.  One need I had was there was a set of specific SQL Agent jobs that I deployed out to our servers that I wanted Puppet to lay down for me.  I was able to build a pseudo-resource using the PE sqlserver forge module and some T-SQL.  I call it a pseudo-resource because it’s not a real resource in Puppet (with all the backing Ruby classes), but it behaves very much like a resource.

To do this, I needed the puppetlabs/sqlserver module and I had to create two files in my Puppet code repository.

NOTE: You must have Puppet Enterprise to use the puppetlabs/sqlserver module!

The first file I had to create was a T-SQL template that would generate the code needed to add the SQL Agent job.  This template is not 100% fully-featured, and a lot  more variables can be added to fully flesh out all of its options, but this is a very solid start.  I named this file sql_agent_job.epp and dropped it in my “templates” folder.  It looks like this:

<%- | String $name, String $description, String $notifyOperator = "", Array[Hash] $steps, Any $schedules = undef | -%>
  DECLARE @ReturnCode INT
SELECT @ReturnCode = 0
IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT name FROM msdb.dbo.syscategories WHERE name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]' AND category_class=1)
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_category @class=N'JOB', @type=N'LOCAL', @name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]';
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback

This isn’t the complete file (see my link below for the entire thing), but it gives you the idea. The template gets called by the .pp class file, which is below.

The second file is the actual Puppet class (.pp extension).  This is the file that implements the template and makes the whole thing “resource-like”.  This file belongs in your “manifests” folder in your repository or module:

class sqlserver::sql_agent_job()
  define sql_agent_job
    String $sqlInstanceName,
    String $description,
    String $notifyOperator,
    Array[Hash] $steps,
    Any $schedules = undef
   sqlserver_tsql { "${title}_${sqlInstanceName}_sql_agent_job" :
      instance    => $sqlInstanceName,
      command     => epp("sqlserver/sql_add_job.epp", {
                        name            => $name,
                        description     => $description,
                        notifyOperator  => $notifyOperator,
                        steps           => $steps,
                        schedules       => $schedules
      onlyif      => "IF NOT EXISTS ( SELECT * FROM msdb.dbo.sysjobs WHERE name = '${name}' ) BEGIN
                        THROW 51000, '${name} job not present.', 10;

Note:  You have to make sure the call to epp(…) above points to the path your template is at.  In the example above, I presume it’s in the same module in the templates/sqlserver folder.  Your folder structure should look roughly like this:


This is the resource you will actually drop in you profile classes to add jobs to servers. The input parameters are as follows:

    # name                          => (namevar) Specifies the name of the agent job.   -
    # sqlInstanceName               => Specifies the SQL Server instance.
    # description                   => Specifies the description on the job.
    # notifyOperator                => Specifies the name of the job operator to notify.
    # steps                         => An array of hashes specifying the job steps:
    #   name                          => String - The name of the job step
    #   command                       => String - The T-SQL to execute
    #   database                      => String - The name of the database to execute against if the subsystem is TSQL.
    #   onSuccess                     => Integer - 3(next)|2(quitfail)|1(quitsuccess)|4(gotostep), default is 1
    #   onFail                        => Integer - 3(next)|2(quitfail)|1(quitsuccess)|4(gotostep), default is 2
    #   onSuccessStepId               => Integer - The stepid to go to on success
    #   onFailStepId                  => Integer - The stepid to to go in failure
    #   subsystem                     => String - Specify either "TSQL" or "CmdExec".  Default is TSQL.
    #   outputFileName                => String - Specify the path to the file to write the output to.
    # schedules                     => (optional) A hash specifying a job schedule.     -
    #   frequencyType                 => Integer - 1(once)|4(daily)|8(weekly)|16(monthly), default 4
    #   frequencyInterval             => Integer - (once) - not used | (daily) - every frequencyInterval days | (weekly) - frequencyinterval determines day of wek | (monthly) - determines day of the month
    #   frequencySubdayType           => Integer - 1(attime)|4(minutes)|8(hours), default 1
    #   frequencySubdayInterval       => Integer - number of minutes/hours
    #   frequencyRecurrenceFactor     => Integer - Number of weeks/months between exectutions.  Nonzero value required if frequencytype is 8|16|32 (not used otherwise).  Default is 0.
    #   activeStartTime               => "HHMMSS, default 0",
    #   activeEndTime                 => "HHMMSS, default 235959"

You’ll probably notice the parameter names and values are pretty much identical to the input parameters for sp_add_job, sp_add_jobstep and sp_add_jobschedule stored procedures. A trick I use when I want to take a job and add it to Puppet is to add the job to SQL Server first, set it up the way I want, then script the job out. The parameters in the T-SQL script will pretty much translate to the sql_agent_job resource.

Here is an example of a profile with the sql_agent_job resource in use:

profile::sqlserver::component::sql_agent_job::sql_agent_job { "${name}_my_agent_job":
      name                  => "My SQL Agent Job",
      sqlInstanceName       => $name,
      description           => 'This is my SQL Agent Job being deploying wiht Puppet.',
      notifyOperator        => 'SQLTeam',
      steps                 => [{
                                name      => 'Execute Test Script',
                                database  => 'master',
                                subsystem => 'TSQL',
                                command   => "SELECT 'test data here'",
                                onSuccess => 1,
                                onFail    => 2
      schedules             => {
                                frequencyType           => 4,
                                frequencyInterval       => 1,
                                frequencySubdayType     => 4,
                                frequencySubdayInterval => 30,
                                activeStartTime         => 000000,
                                activeEndTime           => 235959
The full versions of these files can be found in my GitHub repository here:

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