Recently, we were debugging a scheduled job running on a Microsoft SQL Server Agent. After starting the SQL Server Management Studio, we saw that the specific task was using
psftp.exe to upload some data securely to a remote server. When executing the job manually, it would work as expected. On the other hand, when the job would be executed automatically, it would always fail. After review the error logs, we got the following message:
Executed as user: FSRV\SYSTEM. …s\FTP\remote-server.ppk [email protected] -batch -bc -be -b C:\putty\upload.txtThe server's host key is not cached in the registry. You have no guarantee that the server is the computer you think it is. The server's rsa2 key fingerprint is: ssh-rsa 2048 39:e4:84:b2:6f:bc:87:04:1f:21:bf:32:83:79:0b:cf Connection abandoned. DTSRun: Loading… DTSRun: Executing… DTSRun OnStart: DTSStep_DTSExecuteSQLTask_1 DTSRun OnFinish: DTSStep_DTSExecuteSQLTask_1 DTSRun OnStart: DTSStep_DTSExecuteSQLTask_3 DTSRun OnFinish: DTSStep_DTSExecuteSQLTask_3 DTSRun OnStart: DTSStep_DTSActiveScriptTask_2 DTSRun OnFinish: DTSStep_DTSActiveScriptTask_2 DTSRun OnStart: DTSStep_DTSActiveScriptTask_3 DTSRun OnFinish: DTSStep_DTSActiveScriptTask_3 DTSRun OnStart: DTSStep_DTSDataPumpTask_1 DTSRun OnProgress: DTSStep_DTSDataPumpTask_1; 34 Rows have been transformed or copied.; … Process Exit Code 1. The step failed.
The problem was with the account executing the scheduled job, which was different than the one that created the job. The second account, the one that was executing the scheduled jobs did not have any knowledge of the
ssh-rsa key of the remote server. Because of this lack of information,
psftp.exe could not verify that we were indeed trying to connect to the correct server. To fix this issue, we modified the
psftp.exe execution command to match the following one:
C:\putty\psftp.exe -i C:\connections\FTP\remote-server.ppk [email protected] -batch -bc -be -b C:\putty\upload.txt -hostkey 39:e4:84:b2:6f:bc:87:04:1f:21:bf:32:83:79:0b:cf
To help any reader that is not familiar with the
cmd) we will breakdown the arguments of the above command:
C:\putty\psftp.exe: is the exact location of the
psftp.exebinary on that server
PuTTY Private KeyFiles developed by
Puttyand they serve as storage for the private keys the program generated. In this case, instead of using a combination of username and password to authenticate, the client was given a private key to use as proof of identity and authenticity.
[email protected]: The username and the domain or IP of the remote server.
-batch: Disables interactive prompts as no person will be supervising the script.
-bc: It displays batch commands in the same way they are run. It is useful for logging and troubleshooting.
-be: When running a batch file, this additional option causes
psftp.exeto continue processing even if a command fails to complete successfully. An example you might want this to happen is the following: you want to delete a file and don’t care if it is already not present.
-b C:\putty\upload.txt: It specifies a file with batch commands. This argument helps users automate tasks by allowing them to set commands in advance.
-hostkey 39:e4:84:b2:6f:bc:87:04:1f:21:bf:32:83:79:0b:cf: Here, we copied the
rsa-sshkey of the server that was displayed on the error and we explicitly defined it to let
psftp.exethat it is trying to connect to the correct server. If you are not sure if the value you get at the errors is indeed the correct value, consult your system administrator.