How to Run Powershell Command in SQL Sever Agent Job

RuoRuo 41 Reputation points

I have a variable in the powershell command. We are considering to run it in SQL Agent job step 1. However I always get the below error.

$a = $(Get-Date).AddMonths(1).ToString("yyyyMM")
Write-Output "output____$a"

Error message:
Unable to start execution of step 1 (reason: The job step contains tokens. For SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 or later, you must use the appropriate ESCAPE_xxx macro to update job steps containing tokens before the job can run.). The step failed.

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  1. Tom Phillips 17,721 Reputation points

    The SQL Agent job thinks "$(Get-Date)" is an unrecognized token. $() is reserved for tokens in SQL Agent.

    The simplest answer is to do:

    $d = Get-Date
    $a = $d.AddMonths(1).ToString("yyyyMM")
    Write-Output "output____$a"
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  1. Erland Sommarskog 106K Reputation points MVP

    Put the commands in a script file rather than directly into the job text?

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  2. Seeya Xi-MSFT 16,461 Reputation points

    Hi @RuoRuo ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!
    Starting with SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1, the SQL Server Agent job step token syntax changed. As a result, an escape macro must now accompany all tokens used in job steps, or else those job steps will fail. Using escape macros and updating your SQL Server Agent job steps that use tokens are described in the following sections, "Understanding Using Tokens," "SQL Server Agent Tokens and Macros," and "Updating Job Steps to Use Macros." In addition, the SQL Server 2000 syntax, which used square brackets to call out SQL Server Agent job step tokens (for example, "[DATE]") has also changed. You must now enclose token names in parentheses and place a dollar sign ($) at the beginning of the token syntax. For example:
    $(ESCAPE_ macro name (DATE))
    Please refer to this document:

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