If you have ever encountered SQL Server Jobs which looks like a GUID value, you might have wondered what they are used for.

Our AX 2012 deployment is using a SQL Server Reporting Services instance, which is used for two purposes:

  • AX 2012 SSRS reports
  • Custom reporting from our Data warehouse

These jobs are actually periodically generated SSRS reports scheduled by our staff. Each job belongs to a different person and report.

By just having a look at the job itself does not reveal what is actually being executed, but the following T-SQL script can extract the details when you run it against the ReportServer database:

c.Name AS ReportName,
'Next Run Date' = CASE next_run_date
WHEN 0 THEN null
substring(convert(varchar(15),next_run_date),1,4) + '/' +
substring(convert(varchar(15),next_run_date),5,2) + '/' +
'Next Run Time' = isnull(CASE len(next_run_time)
WHEN 3 THEN cast('00:0'
+ Left(right(next_run_time,3),1)
+':' + right(next_run_time,2) as char (8))
WHEN 4 THEN cast('00:'
+ Left(right(next_run_time,4),2)
+':' + right(next_run_time,2) as char (8))
WHEN 5 THEN cast('0' + Left(right(next_run_time,5),1)
+':' + Left(right(next_run_time,4),2)
+':' + right(next_run_time,2) as char (8))
WHEN 6 THEN cast(Left(right(next_run_time,6),2)
+':' + Left(right(next_run_time,4),2)
+':' + right(next_run_time,2) as char (8))
Convert(XML,[ExtensionSettings]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="TO"])[1]','nvarchar(100)') as [To]
,Convert(XML,[ExtensionSettings]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="CC"])[1]','nvarchar(100)') as [CC]
,Convert(XML,[ExtensionSettings]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="BCC"])[1]','nvarchar(100)') as [BCC]
,Convert(XML,[ExtensionSettings]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="RenderFormat"])[1]','nvarchar(50)') as [Render Format]
,Convert(XML,[ExtensionSettings]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="Subject"])[1]','nvarchar(50)') as [Subject]
/*,Convert(XML,[Parameters]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="StartDateMacro"])[1]','nvarchar(50)') as [Start Date]
,Convert(XML,[Parameters]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="EndDateMacro"])[1]','nvarchar(50)') as [End Date]
,Convert(XML,[Parameters]).value('(//ParameterValue/Value[../Name="Currency"])[1]','nvarchar(50)') as [Currency]*/
 dbo.[Catalog] c
INNER JOIN dbo.[Subscriptions] S ON c.ItemID = S.Report_OID
INNER JOIN dbo.ReportSchedule R ON S.SubscriptionID = R.SubscriptionID
INNER JOIN msdb.dbo.sysjobs J ON Convert(nvarchar(128),R.ScheduleID) = J.name
INNER JOIN msdb.dbo.sysjobschedules JS ON J.job_id = JS.job_id

Now we have the details of:

  • what reports were scheduled
  • the report format
  • execution status
  • schedule and last successful run time.
SQL Server Jobs which looks like a GUID

This should give you a better overview about what are the SQL Server Jobs which looks like a GUID value in your database instance.