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I'm a bit confused. On the command line of the job step property I entered dtexec /SQL... and got an error saying file not found, I assumed dtexec itself couldnt be found. So I tried /SQL .... by itself and got something that looked more like a security error. If I make the step property type "ssis" job appears to run fine, I receive my pkg's on success (rather than on failure) email but I know everything isnt fine because even if no data is ETL'd, first executable is supposed to (and always has in client) insert a row into an audit table and it doesnt. If I set job step "type" to t-sql and simply db email myself with t-sql command, everything is fine.

The first question is "Wouldnt dtexec need to be specified, how else could sqlagent know what I'm trying to run?" If answer is yes, what's wrong with my syntax or environment?

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I've working a while, not at full time, but seeking the solution...Here what I want to do and what I've done till now:

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So, I copy this same statement and created a job with a step type of "Operating System (CmdExec)" and it runs great...With no problem with the extraction from excel source.

Now my questions are:
1. Why the step job CmdExec recognizes the path of dtexec.exe 32bits ('C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft SQL Server90DTSBinnDTExec.exe ), but trying to run with xp_cmdshell it gives the error mencioned above. And if there is another way to set dtexec.exe 32bits besides this way?

2. If I cannot run it throught xp_cmdshell, how could I pass a parameter like convert(varchar,getdate(),112) in the format YYYYMMDD instead of the static parameter 20070101.

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Microsoft (R) SQL Server Execute Package Utility
Version 9.00.3042.00 for 64-bit
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1984-2005. All rights reserved.
Started: 9:47:45 AM
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Code: 0x40016040
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Code Snippet

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