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Thread: ActiveX in a SQL Agent Job

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002

    ActiveX in a SQL Agent Job

    Hi all,

    I have a problem with a SQL Agent JOB on SQL 2K SP3 installation (on Win2K Server).

    SQL Agent is running under a domain account with local Admin privileges and SA privileges in SQL server.

    A job with an ActiveXScript step fails with "Permission denied: 'CreateObject line..."

    If I execute the same ActiveXScript as cmdexec step (calling CSript with the VBScript as parameter) it works without any problem.

    The ActiveXScript for reference:
    Dim oXls
    Dim oWorkBook
    Dim oSheet

    Set oXLS = CreateObject ("Excel.Application")

    oXls.Visible = True
    oXls.DisplayAlerts = True

    Set oWorkBook = oXLS.WorkBooks.Add
    Set oSheet = oWorkBook.ActiveSheet

    oSheet.Name = "Test AG"

    oWorkBook.SaveAs "C:\Temp\TestAg.Xls"

    Set oSheet = Nothing
    Set oWorkBook = Nothing

    Set oXlS = Nothing

    Does anybody have any idea why approach 1 fails while approach 2 does work happily?
    Last edited by andi_g69; 02-22-2005 at 02:59 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003

    The problem is that when you execute the job manually, it is running on your local machine. When you execute it via the scheduled job, it is running on the SQL Server machine directly. That error doesn't always mean that permission was denied, it also means that the core object doesn't exist on the server. I'd be willing to bet $5 that Excel isn't installed on the SQL Server.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Hi Rawhide
    Unfortunately this is not the explanation because:

    1) Excel is installed on the server
    2) Under both scenarios I am using a SQL Agent job, only difference is the first one uses a job step of type ActiveXScript. The second uses a CMDExec job step which fires the VBSript through CSript.exe

    On top of that it does not make any differnece if I start the job manually or through scheduler.

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