Let's say I was monkeying around on SQL Server and I wanted to reset everything to factory defaults, is that currently possible?

EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1
EXEC sp_configure 'stupid dangerous thingz', 1

I want to do something like

EXEC sp_factory_reset, 1
  • AFAIK there isn't anything to reset to defaults. Your best option, currently, is to take the output of sys.configurations on a new install and create a cheat sheet. Obviously this can be made into your own reset stored procedure. Note that some options are also controlled through alter server configuration. In general, though, there shouldn't be a need to change most options as their default is 0 which is to change dynamically. Dec 18, 2017 at 20:37
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    sp_blitz will tell you if you have non-default configurations and what the default value is in the details. brentozar.com/blitz
    – Bob Klimes
    Dec 18, 2017 at 20:54
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    Microsoft documentation contains a complete list of config options and their default values learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/configure-windows/… You could also use the Export/Import funcationality of the opensource DBATools.io project to set and reset them dbatools.io/functions/export-dbaspconfigure
    – Nic
    Dec 18, 2017 at 21:51
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    @BobKlimes seriously that's the best suggestion I've seen. If you want to answer with that, I'll mark it as chosen. That's the best tool for the job I see being offered here. Dec 18, 2017 at 22:40

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sp_blitz will show you all non-default configuration settings and the details show what the default is.

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Another option would be to use dbatools to export the config on a fresh install, using export-dbaspconfigure. Then import when you want to reset, using import-dbaspconfigure.

Export-DbaSpConfigure -ServerInstance . -path c:\temp\sp_configure.sql

This will create a file with all sp_configure options in this format

EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options' , 1;  RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
EXEC sp_configure 'recovery interval (min)' , 0;
EXEC sp_configure 'allow updates' , 0;
EXEC sp_configure 'user connections' , 0;
EXEC sp_configure 'locks' , 0;
EXEC sp_configure 'open objects' , 0;
EXEC sp_configure 'fill factor (%)' , 0;
EXEC sp_configure 'disallow results from triggers' , 0;

Then you can either run this file or the import-spdbaconfigure command, which will run the script for you

import-DbaSpConfigure -ServerInstance . -path c:\temp\sp_configure.sql
  • I wanted to actually download, install, and run this before I marked this as chosen. I do like this sp_blitz tool though. Dec 23, 2017 at 20:13

eg this will emit a script based on the configuration of an instance that can be applied on another instance.

select 'exec sp_configure ''show advanced options'', 1;'
union all
select concat('exec sp_configure ',' ''', name, ''', ', cast(value as varchar(200) ), ';' )
from sys.configurations
union all 
select 'exec sp_configure ''show advanced options'', 0;'
union all
select 'reconfigure;'
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    My problem is I changed all kinds of crap. It's how I run. Now I want to know if I broke it or if it was born this way. ;) Dec 18, 2017 at 21:37

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