PowerShell for the DBA: Search the Windows Event Logs for Errors

This is a very simple script – but it’s one I run each morning. It searches the Windows System Event Log for an error condition. You can replace “System” here with “Application” or “Security”, or any of the other logs that are created on your Windows Server. This is run at the server, since I…

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PowerShell and Extended Properties

I use Extended Properties on databases and their objects all the time. They are a great way to include information about the object – I use them for versioning the database, detailing what a column is used for and so on. They can be a little tricky to set, but it’s really not bad once…

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Find Rules and Defaults using the PowerShell for SQL Server 2008 Provider

I ran into an issue the other day where I couldn’t set up some features in SQL Server 2008 because they ddon’t support the use of Rules or Defaults. Let me explain a little more about that. In older versions of SQL Server, you could decalre a “Rule” or “Default” just like you do with…

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SQL Server PowerShell Provider And PowerShell Version 2 Get-Command Issue

The other day I blogged that the version of the SQL Server PowerShell provider (sqlps) follows the version of PowerShell. That’s all goodness, but it has appeared to cause an issue for PowerShell 2.0. the Get-Command PowerShell command-let returns an error (Object reference not set to an instance of an object) if you are using…

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SQL Server PowerShell Provider follows the Version of PowerShell on the Host and other errata

There may be some misunderstanding on how the PowerShell Provider for SQL Server works. I’ve written an article or two explaining that you can use PowerShell with SQL Server, without having the SQL Server 2008 (or higher) provider around. After all, PowerShell just uses .NET, and SQL Server “Server Management Objects” or SMO listen to…

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Create and Track Your Own License Keys with PowerShell

SQL Server used to have  cool little tool that would let you track your licenses. Microsoft didn’t use it to limit your system or anything, it was just a place on the server where you could put that this system used this license key. I miss those days – we don’t track that any more,…

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PowerShell PowerPack Download

I read Jeffery Hicks’ article in this month’s Redmond Magazine on a new add-in for Windows PowerShell 2.0. It’s called the PowerShell Pack and it has a some great new features that I plan to put into place on my production systems as soon as I finished learning and testing them. You can download the…

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Process Improvement and the Data Professional

Don’t be afraid of that title – I’m not talking about Six Sigma or anything super-formal here. In many organizations, there are more folks in other IT roles than in the Data Professional area. In other words, there are more developers, system administrators and so on than there are the “DBA” role. That means we…

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List SQL Server Instances using the Registry

I read this interesting article on using PowerShell and the registry, and thought I would modify his information a bit to list the SQL Server Instances on a box. The interesting thing about listing instances this was is that you can touch remote machines, find the instances when they are off and so on. Anyway,…

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Open the SQL Server Error Log with PowerShell

Using the Server Management Objects (SMO) library, you don’t even need to have the SQL Server 2008 PowerShell Provider to read the SQL Server Error Logs – in fact, you can use regular old everyday PowerShell. Keep in mind you will need the SMO libraries – which can be installed separately or by installing the…

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