Backup BizTalk Server job failed: The job failed. The Job was invoked by Schedule 9 (MarkAndBackupLogSched). The last step to run was step 2 (BackupFull).

After writing my last post I remembered that in the past I got a related error to this problem but with a different cause and solution. So, I decided to emulate the error in my lab environment and write a second post on this topic.

I remember that on occasion, in order to be faster, I copied all the job configuration text from my blog and pasted in the BackupFull step job window. However when I try to run I got a similar error:

SQL Server Scheduled Job ‘Backup BizTalk Server (BizTalkMgmtDb)’ (0x4020953E49DEFA43B8FEC18D6AD9B062) – Status: Failed – Invoked on: 2013-11-11 17:45:00 – Message: The job failed. The Job was invoked by Schedule 9 (MarkAndBackupLogSched). The last step to run was step 2 (BackupFull).

Backup BizTalk Server job error message MarkAndBackupLogSched

Again the error message doesn’t help us much, so what you should do is go to the Backup BizTalk Server job history:

  • Right-click on “Backup BizTalk Server (BizTalkMgmtDb)” job and select “View History” option

And try to see if you can obtain more information about the error.

Unlike the event viewer and the error that I put in the previous post, in this case, the log history show as much more information:

Date 11/11/2013 17:45:00
Log Job History (Backup BizTalk Server (BizTalkMgmtDb))
Step ID 2
Job Name Backup BizTalk Server (BizTalkMgmtDb)
Step Name BackupFull
Executed as user: NT SERVICE\SQLSERVERAGENT. Incorrect syntax near ‘´’. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 102) Unclosed quotation mark after the character string ‘ /* location of backup files */ ‘. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 105). The step failed.

Backup BizTalk Server job error history Unclosed quotation mark


The copy of the text from my blog brought a wrong ASCII format transforming the single quotation mark character in an accent (´).

All the parameter of the sp_BackupAllFull_Schedule must be placed between single quotation marks:

  • Frequency: 'd', 'w' and so on
  • Name: 'BTS'
  • Location of backup files: 'c:\backups'


Fix the job to ensure that all the parameters of the sp_BackupAllFull_Schedule are between single quotation marks.

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Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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