Recently when I created a SQL Server Agent job to execute a SSIS package, it
failed with the message "Non-SysAdmins have been denied permission to run DTS Execution
job steps without a proxy account.". What is this exception about? What causes it
and how do I resolve it?
When we try to execute a SSIS package from a SQL Server Agent job it fails with
the message "Non-SysAdmins have been denied permission to run DTS Execution job
steps without a proxy account." if the account under which SQL Server Agent Service
is running and the job owner is not a sysadmin on the box or the job step is not
set to run under a proxy account associated with the SSIS subsystem.
Below is what this error looks like in SSMS.
For such a scenario, SQL Server Agent allows creating a proxy account which defines
the security context for the job step. This means each job step of the job can be
run under a different security context using different proxies. SQL Server Agent
impersonates the credentials (Windows User accounts) associated with the proxy when
the job step is executed if the job step is set to run under that proxy. You can
create a proxy and grant access to as many of the available
subsystems as needed. Also a single proxy can be used by more than one job step
to run under it if all of them require the same level of permissions.
In this example I am going to create a job with a single job step which will
execute a SSIS package using a proxy account (since the job owner is not a sysadmin).
This might be very helpful if the job step needs to have additional permissions
than available to the account under which SQL Server Agent service is running (by
default a job step runs under the security context of the account under which the
SQL Server Agent service is running).
The first thing that we need to do is to create a credential to be used by the
proxy account. Script #1 demonstrates how to create a credential with the CREATE
CREDENTIAL command. For this, you specify the name of the credential, account name
which will be used to connect outside of SQL Server etc. For more about its syntax
here. Note that the T-SQL command is not the only way to create credentials,
you can create them using SSMS as shown in the image below.
--Script #1 - Creating
a credential to be used by proxy USE MASTER GO --Drop the credential if it is already existing
(SELECT 1 FROM sys.credentials WHERE name
BEGIN DROP CREDENTIAL
[SSISProxyCredentials] END GO CREATE
CREDENTIAL [SSISProxyCredentials] WITH IDENTITY = N'ARSHADALI-LAP\SSISProxyDemoUser',
SECRET = N'abcd@0987'
Next you need to create a proxy account, please note that there is no DDL command
available as of now for creating a proxy account, but rather in the msdb database
you use the sp_add_proxy system stored procedure. You can enable or disable
the proxy account using sp_update_proxy system stored procedure and use
sp_delete_proxy to delete a proxy account as demonstrated below in Script
#2. You can even use SSMS to create a proxy as shown in the next image.
--Script #2 - Creating
a proxy account USE msdb GO --Drop the proxy if it is already existing IF EXISTS
(SELECT 1 FROM msdb.dbo.sysproxies WHERE name
BEGIN EXEC dbo.sp_delete_proxy
@proxy_name = N'SSISProxyDemo'
END GO --Create
a proxy and use the same credential as created above EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_add_proxy
@proxy_name = N'SSISProxyDemo',
GO --To enable or disable you can
use this command EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_update_proxy
@proxy_name = N'SSISProxyDemo',
@enabled = 1 --@enabled = 0 GO
Associate Proxy with Subsystem
Once a proxy account is created, you need to associate it with the SQL Server
Agent subsystems using sp_grant_proxy_to_subsystem system stored procedure.
A single proxy account can be granted access to one or all of the available subsystems.
In this example, I want my created proxy to have access to the SSIS subsystem and
hence I am associated it with subsytem_id 11 (SSIS).
--Script #3 - Granting
proxy account to SQL Server Agent Sub-systems USE msdb GO
--You can view all the sub systems of
SQL Server Agent with this command --You can notice for SSIS Subsystem id
is 11 EXEC sp_enum_sqlagent_subsystems GO
--Grant created proxy
to SQL Agent subsystem --You can grant created proxy to as many as available
subsystems EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_grant_proxy_to_subsystem
--subsystem 11 is for SSIS as you can see
in the above image GO --View all the proxies granted to all the subsystems
Grant Permissions to Use Proxy
Next you need to grant permissions to logins/roles who will be using the created
proxy account using sp_grant_login_to_proxy system stored procedure. You
can use sp_enum_login_for_proxy system stored procedure to view all the logins/roles
who have access to the proxies.
--Script #4 - Granting
proxy access to security principals USE
msdb GO --Grant proxy account access to security principals
that could be --either login name or fixed server role or msdb role --Please
note, Members of sysadmin server role are allowed to use any proxy EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_grant_login_to_proxy
--,@msdb_role=N'' GO --View logins provided access to proxies EXEC dbo.sp_enum_login_for_proxy
Specify Proxy to Use for Job Step
Finally you need to specify the proxy account to use for the job step as shown/highlighted
below. Then when SQL Server Agent executes the job step it impersonates the credentials
of the proxy instead of the SQL Server Agent service account.
Alternatively, you can change the same job step using SSMS to use the proxy as
shown below. As I said before, by default a job step runs under the security context
of the SQL Server Agent Service account, but the moment you start creating proxies
and associating it with SSIS subsystem it will appear under the Run As combo box
for a job step as shown below. Select the appropriate proxy you want your job step
SQL Server Agent impersonates the credentials associated with the proxy
to run the job step if it has been defined to use the proxy instead of using
the default security context of SQL Server Agent Service account.
When you create a job step to execute T-SQL, you cannot define a proxy because
T-SQL does not use proxies but rather it runs under the security context of
the job owner. If you want to change the security context for Transact-SQL job
step, you can use the database_user_name parameter of sp_add_jobstep system
You need to be sysadmin to create, modify or delete proxy accounts. However
to use it, you need to be sysadmin or a member of either of these SQL Server
Agent fixed database roles: SQLAgentUserRole, SQLAgentReaderRole, or SQLAgentOperatorRole.
your solution works perfect in my application thanks for your Awesome Artical
but i have one more issue is my client is not giving Sys admin and Proxy Permission to me to run my ssis packages they are asking to run this packages with the Normal User so what should i do? please give me some thing solution
As I understand you need to have either of SYSADMIN or PROXY account to execute your SSIS package from a job. Please note you don't need to be a SYSADMIN in order to execute your SSIS package using PROXY account. Please have a talk with your client and explain the situation.
Hope it helps.
Friday, April 06, 2012 - 4:26:00 AM - Vaibhav Mehta
YOur Article super................Great to see ...........it helps for new DBA's
But I have same problem that is
My organization DBA person has left from company. He was created the 5 jobs.I am a new dba i have a sysadmin role but last week we faced the non logged agent shutedown error in one snapshot replication job . so i logged in and reinitilized the subscription in my login have sysadmin role. then runs the job it suceeceds. but my problem is next week DBA created 4 jobs and replication snapshot jobs are throw the error as Non-SysAdmins have been denied permission to run DTS Execution job steps without a proxy account.
Above Error came for following failed job list:
Weekly log file shrink
Weekly index rebuild
Weekly statistics update
Weekly log file shrink one db
Live machine one db copy to Dev machine
Live machine one db snapshot to Dev machine
how to solve and prevent in future?
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 9:12:09 AM - Alejandro
I am trying to cut off all unneded permissions for my customer, but let them run their jobs.
I am not sure I understood the roles SQLAgentUserRole, SQLAgentReaderRole, or SQLAgentOperatorRole. I read these about on microsoft .com, but still not clear.
Also, in your post, I am unable to find this clearness, since you mention this:
Grant Permissions to Use Proxy
Next you need to grant permissions to logins/roles who will be using the created proxy account using sp_grant_login_to_proxy system stored procedure. You can use sp_enum_login_for_proxy system stored procedure to view all the logins/roles who have access to the proxies.
and then, at the end, add this:
You need to be sysadmin to create, modify or delete proxy accounts. However to use it, you need to be sysadmin or a member of either of these SQL Server Agent fixed database roles: SQLAgentUserRole, SQLAgentReaderRole, or SQLAgentOperatorRole.
So, can we clarify what is actually needed for a login to be able to USE the proxy? Other articles add the proxy accoutn to these SQLAgent Roles which also makes no sense for me!
Thank you for your help!
SQL Agent Service accoutn is SYSTEM and is a member of syadmins
Owner of jobs is a simple windows login, having access to the proxy
May be a real stupid question but need help. I have sql server jobs which are calling for the SSIS packages. I have Visual studio installed on my pc. I want to look into the contents of the package, even if its in xml file.
How can I access those packages from management studio or from visual studio? please help.