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  • System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName('Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo') | Out-Null
    $serverInstance = "."
    $server = New-Object ('Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server') $serverInstance
    $jobs = $server.JobServer.Jobs
    #$jobs = $server.JobServer.Jobs | where-object {$_.category -eq "[your category]"}

    if ($jobs -ne $null)


    $serverInstance = $serverInstance.Replace("\", "-")

    ForEach ( $job in $jobs )

    $FileName = "D:\Backup_scripts\SQLAgentJobs\" + $job.Name + ".sql"

    $job.Script() | Out-File -filepath $FileName



    When the above script executes, I am getting following error. Can you please help with the fix?

    Out-File : Illegal characters in path.
    At line:17 char:17
    + $job.Script() | Out-File -filepath $FileName
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : OpenError: (:) [Out-File], ArgumentException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : FileOpenFailure,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.OutFileCommand
    Out-File : The given path's format is not supported.
    At line:17 char:17
    + $job.Script() | Out-File -filepath $FileName
    +                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : OpenError: (:) [Out-File], NotSupportedException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : FileOpenFailure,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.OutFileCommand


    Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:03 AM

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  • $job.Name has illegal characters in it. You have to fix that. We cannot fix it for you.


    Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:05 AM
  • Well, we might be able to. It all depends on whether or no the correction might produce a duplicate file name in the directory -- but adding more code to test for that isn't hard, and correcting it might be just to add a sequence number to the end of the file name.

    This should remove all the invalid characters: 

    $BadCharacters = '[{0}]' -f [regex]::Escape(([IO.Path]::GetInvalidFileNameChars() -join ''))
    $Filename = "D:\Backup_scripts\SQLAgentJobs\" + $job.Name + ".sql"
    $FileName = $FileName -replace $BadCharacters, ""

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE&I, Exchange Ex-MVP (16 years)

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:46 PM
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    Thursday, December 26, 2019 8:36 AM
  • Yes, I came up with a slightly different approach. Used CmdExec option inside sql server agent job's step and my powershell script ran fine without any issues. Bit odd when I use PowerShell option inside sql server agent job's step. Basically, I used powershell.exe d:\PSScripts\MyTestscript.ps1 which worked fine.




    Thursday, December 26, 2019 5:01 PM