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How to: Make a Target Server (SQL Server Management Studio)

This topic describes how to make a target server using the Target Server Wizard.

To make a target server

  1. In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of the Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine, and then expand that instance.

  2. Right-click SQL Server Agent, point to Multi Server Administration, and then click Make this a Target. The Target Server Wizard guides you through the process of making a target server.

Distributed jobs that have steps which are associated with a proxy run under the context of the proxy account on the target server. Make sure that the following conditions are met or job steps that are associated with a proxy will not be downloaded from the master server to the target:

  • The master server registry subkey \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\<instance_name>\SQL Server Agent\AllowDownloadedJobsToMatchProxyName (REG_DWORD) is set to 1 (true). By default, this subkey is set to 0 (false).

  • A proxy account exists on the target server that has the same name as the master server proxy account under which the job step runs.

If job steps that use proxy accounts fail when downloading them from the master server to the target server, you can 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 AllowDownloadedJobsToMatchProxyName registry subkey to 1.

  • "Proxy not found."

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

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