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While presenting Backup Basics with Powershell and dbatools at ONDT, I mentioned a caveat with the -ReplaceExisting switch for Install-DbaMaintenanceSolution. This switch drops all of the objects installed by the Maintenance Solution, including the CommandLog table. If you use that table to produce evidence that the various maintenance tasks are being performed on a regular…

Read More Upgrading Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution with dbatools

I had the honor of presenting a new session, Backup Basics with Powershell and dbatools, at the first Ohio North Database Training meeting this evening. Thank you to the group leaders for the opportunity and to everyone who attended. Because this was both a brand new session and an attempt at a new way of…

Read More Slides & Demos for Backup Basics with PowerShell & dbatools

Chrissy LeMaire (blog | twitter) pinged me earlier this week to tell me about Github Discussions. It’s a new feature of Github which is similar to Stack Exchange, but much more focused – it’s just for your project/repository! Get help, start discussions, share tips & tricks. She’s enabled this feature for the dbatools repository and…

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A former colleague emailed me with a question about retaining/fixing database users and permissions after restoring a database. They were copying a database from one instance to another, with different logins, users, and permissions between the two instances. Backup & restore to copy the database is easy enough, but because users & permissions are kept…

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A little while back, I offered up a one-liner to scan your SQL Server instances and report which ones are out of date. But what if you need to take the next step, determining which updates need to be downloaded? That’s exactly what Josh asked on the SQL Community Slack recently. Can Test-DbaBuild also bring…

Read More Finding & Downloading Required SQL Server Updates

It turns out I was doing this all wrong for months. For the longest time, I’ve been checking my SQL Server instances to see what needs patching with Test-DbaBuild from the dbatools PowerShell module. But the result was always the same – it never returned a Service Pack or Cumulative Update target. I glossed over…

Read More Checking for SQL Server Updates with dbatools