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Which PowerShell technique should I use to talk to SQL Server?

I'd ultimately like to use PowerShell to replace the old KornShell scripts we use for SQL instance monitors. I'm having a hard time, though, getting my brain around all the different ways that ...
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SQL Agent powershell context reference

At my new job, we have multiple named instances on each servers. Server1\Dev Server1\DevIntegrated Server1\QA I have a SQL PowerShell script in the works that calls out to the OS, invokes ...
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Get Job id OR Job name from within executing job

I have a central DB that I write job outcomes on all my servers back to. I pass 3 parameters via powershell in a SQL job back to a sp on the central server that verifies the job should be running at ...
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Error running Powershell Script in SQL Server Agent

I have a SQL job that runs via SQL Server Agent (Running SQL Server 2012 Enterprise). The last step of the job is to run an application located on a network share. Unfortunately I don't know the name ...
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Is there any collection of PowerShell scripts that help the task of SQL Server maintenance?

I've been studying PowerShell and I've been (slowly) getting it into my day-to-day DBA tasks. So far I've seen a bunch of disconnected PowerShell scripts for many disparate administration activities. ...
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powershell to get sql server memory counters and show value

I am writing a powershell script to capture the following SQL server counters: SQL Server: Memory Manager: Total Server Memory (KB) SQL Server: Memory Manager: Target Server Memory (KB) My ...
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What is the most effective way to discover all running instances of SQL Server using PowerShell?

I've been tasked with discovering all the instances of SQL Server that are running within our domain. In several cases there are multiple instances per server. I've seen two different PowerShell ...
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Connect to LocalDB via SQLCMD in PowerShell

I'm trying to access the "localdb\MSSQLLocalDB" server on my computer through PowerShell with the SQLCMD utility. I'm using PowerShell v5, .NET v5.0, and the server name is (localdb)\MSSQLLocalDB when ...
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Execution-Policy Error running Powershell Script in SQL Server Agent

Running a powershell script from SQL Server Agent in 2014 using my AD account via a credential. I am getting the following error. A job step received an error at line 1 in a PowerShell script. The ...
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Running sp_AskBrent with @ExpertMode = 1 in PowerShell

I am trying to run sp_AskBrent from PowerShell using Invoke-SQLCmd and capture its output in a variable: $query = "EXEC SAIDBA.monitoring.sp_AskBrent @Seconds=10;" $check = Invoke-Sqlcmd ...
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How to collect NTFS file properties and insert into SQL Server table

I have to provide reports on file system usage. I'm collecting statistics on file server usage down to individual file level so we can see who is using what files/folders, how much storage they're ...
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Why am I missing some output?

Archiving to avoid ID Exhaustion We are about to run out of IDs in one of the tables of our OLTP logging system. It's my job to find a way to 'archive' the existing row data in the full table and in ...
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Can't get databases or its objects with powershell

I have Powershell installed both in my server and development pc. In my dev machine apparently have a most recent version of PowerShell installed or some its components of SQL Server 'sqlps'. My ...
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Powershell-type SQL Agent Job failing intermittently trying to get Disk Space on Server via WMI-query

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (SP1) - 10.0.2531.0 (X64) Mar 29 2009 10:11:52 Copyright (c) 1988-2008 Microsoft Corporation Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 (Build 7600: ) (VM) ...
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Executing Powershell SMO against a cluster with elevated privileges to update service accounts

I'm working on a Powershell script to update service accounts on named SQL instances in a failover cluster. I'm trying to use the SMO and WMI to update this so that I can update the service account ...
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Are cursors/While loops the only way to make administrative changes to multiple databases?

I specifically want a programmable way to change the recovery model of all the databases on a server, and i know this solution can be applied to all 'Alter Database' commands. While I know SMO in ...
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SQL Server SMO Method “Discover()”

I think I just found the coolest thing every with SQL Server SMO and PowerShell. I was asked to get a script together to find the owner of every object in an instance of SQL Server. I found a script ...
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How can I speed SQLPS connection when I don't have WMI permissions at the server

When connecting SQLPS to a SQL Server, it will try to run some WMI service status queries. In an environment where one does not have permissions for those, PowerShell issues a bunch of warnings, and ...
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Passing current server name from SQL Server Agent job to PowerShell

I have a SQL Server Agent job that calls a PowerShell script in one step. And I want to pass the SQL server name and the current job-id to my script. With the job-id I have no problems. But with the ...
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Powershell script executing within SQL Server Agent

I am trying to use Powershell within a SQL Server Agent job to download a zip file. The script uses PuTTY (PSCP.exe) to download a zip file from a SFTP site. The issue I am having is that when the ...
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SQL Server SMO and PowerShell formatting

I have probably been looking at this for too long to figure this out... What is the easiest way I could get this exported to a CSV format? Would it be better to dump this to a table in a database ...
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Dropping a table with powershell

Trying to delete an existing table using powershell $srv = new-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server(".\CEF_2014_1") $db = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Database $db = ...
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Correct way to stop SQL Server (through automation)

Question Is it safe to start & stop SQL's services using PowerShell's Start-Service and Stop-Service commands? If not, is there a recommended way to start & stop SQL's services through ...
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PowerShell Script To Identify Databases

I have enough PowerShell skills to get off the ground, but have none with SQL server. Can someone please point me in the right direction of how to use PowerShell to get information on remote SQL ...
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Restore SQL Server database using Windows Powershell 3.0

I'm trying to restore a SQL Server database with a PowerShell script, but I'm having problems. Here is the error I'm getting: Exception calling "SqlRestore" with "1" argument(s): "Restore failed ...
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How to monitor SQL Server data and log file growth?

I'm trying to find a way to monitor data and log file size from SQL Server databases (within an SQL Server instance). I would not want to use third party tools, but simply pure SQL or PowerShell. I ...
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Run a PowerShell script on a different server - from inside a SQL Server job

I have a procedure to backup SSAS Databases. That is working as a charm. Now my server is filling up with SSAS backups and I would like to delete the backup files that are older than 2 days. to ...
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How long does it take for powershell to restore a SQL Backup?

I executed this Powershell script to backup a Database, Drop that database and then restore it with a different name: $srv = new-object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server("(local)") ...
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SQL Server Job Powershell is failing

I have a SQL Server 2014 instance job that runs nightly that moves backups from the local drive to a network drive. I wrote it using PowerShell. $mypath = ...
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Execute Remote Powershell script from SQL Agent

A test SQL Server job hangs when it executes a Powershell script. It does work using my login and a Powershell window, but not using the Agent account and a job. The SQL Agent user has ...
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SQL Agent embedded PowerShell script in CmdExec step fails with import-module sqlps

SQL Server 2008R2 PowerShell 2.1 I am trying to create a SQL Agent job that dynamically backs up all non-corrupted SSAS databases on an instance without the use of SSIS. In my SQL Agent job, when I ...
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How to script out push subscription creation at the subscriber?

I'm trying to set up a push subscription to a SQL Server publication from the subscriber. I could set up the subscription at the publisher using the Replication Wizard in Management Studio. However, ...
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PowerShell Move-Item command made SQL and Windows entirely unresponsive [closed]

A LUN expansion completed overnight on our 15k FibreChannel VMAX SAN from 4 to 13 terabytes. This morning I attempted to move a 4.5 terabyte file from a temporary SATA LUN to the newly expanded LUN ...
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In Powershell Retrieving Printed Message From SSMS

Our DBA team doesn't verify the backups using the below TSQL (which can easily be done post-backup and takes almost no time, so I don't get why not): RESTORE VERIFYONLY FROM DISK = ...
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How Do I Use PowerShell to Get a SQL Server Backup Status?

I need a power-shell script to obtain the following information Name of the database , LastBackupDate of the database and this information should be sent via an email converting the results to HTML ...
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SQL Agent - PowerShell step “syntax error”

I have the following code setup in SQL Agent Job step that is not running. The message received is simply: Unable to start execution of step 1 (reason: line(46): Syntax error). The step failed. ...
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SQL Server 2012 SQL Agent Job with PowerShell step fails on Out-File cmdlet with “ReportWrongProviderType” error

We've recently upgraded to SQL Server 2012 (from SQL Server 2008 R2) on Windows Server 2012 (from Windows Server 2008 R2), and a SQL Server Job Agent job that was previously running without error is ...
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Improve Restore Speed

I have a ~3GB backup file from our QA database, and a daily diff (~500MB). For data complexity reasons, some of our developers like to use regular backups from this database, and so we have a process ...
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Why can't I script out CLR assemblies with SMO in Powershell?

I am creating a Powershell script to read all objects in a source database, script them and then re-create them in an empty destination DB (may be across different SQL Server versions). For the most ...
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Using SQL Server SMO with a Port number

In SSMS if you are connecting to SQL Server instance set to specific port other than 1433 you simply put ",port number" after the instance name. In the same regard if I am using ...
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SMO v11 (SQL Server 2012) not scripting key definitions, indexes, and constraints

I have a .ps1 PowerShell script that runs on a Central Management Server. The script goes out to all databases in our environment, and scripts out all of of objects. For tables scripts, the output ...
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Using a Different Windows Account for Invoke-Sqlcmd

I'm attempting to make a Powershell script that needs to interact with SQL Server, so part of the script will involve invoke-sqlcmd. However, the script can't be scheduled as a job in SQL Server and ...
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How to get server cpu, memory, network usage from SQL Server

For reporting purposes, I want to get SQL Server box CPU, memory, network (not SQL Server process alone) and show it in report. Do you have any idea how to pull this? My initial thoughts are run wmi ...
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How to delete the remote files older than N days on schedule from SQL Server 2012 (with SqlServerAgent job)?

Struggling to execute PowerShell commands in SqlServer Agent job of MS SQL Server 2012 R2 (Windows Server 2008R2, Windows 7 Prof) I need to delete (.bak files older, than, say, 7 days in remote ...
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How does the PowerShell SQLPS SQLSERVER provider detect central management servers in SQLRegistration\Central Management Server Group

I'm experiencing odd behavior with the PowerShell SQLSERVER provider and the SQLRegistration\Central Management Server Group directory. Below are the behaviors. I would like to know how the SQLSERVER ...
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Backup-SqlDatabase: Cannot bind parameter 'InputObject' Error Being Thrown

I have a PowerShell script that is used in a fairly complex automated process. One thing it does is creates a database backup, and for that we are using the Backup-SqlDatabase cmdlet. I am also using ...
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How do I enable both PowerShell Remoting and SPN for SQL Server Reporting?

I'm struggling with remoting servers with SQL Server Reporting Services running. My Reporting Services are running with individual domain-accounts, and I have set up SPNs for them ...
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Sql Powershell Script not working [closed]

I am performing a job from SQL server agent with a powershell command. It was running fine a couple of days back.. there is no change in the script. The script is also working fine if i run it via ...
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How to get table columns with datatypes (and lengths) using PowerShell?

I'm trying to get column names with data types (and lengths) for SQL Server instance using PowerShell. I got this far: #Load PSSnapin Add-PSSnapin *SQL* #Get column names $colNames = dir ...
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Comparing Agent Jobs on Two Servers

I'm currently building a process in Powershell where we can copy SQL Server Agent jobs from one server to another server just by entering the server names. The script uses the SMO library to obtain ...