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…Read More Restoring Database Users After Copying the Database
A little while back, I offered up a one-liner to scan your SQL Server instances and report which ones are out of date.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
dbatools has a lot of functions. A lot. Over 550. There is a great command index on the website, and the documentation gets updated every time a new version is published. But sometimes, it feels like you can’t find what you need unless you already know the name of the thing you’re looking for. Other…Read More Does dbatools Have a Function for That?
Thanks to everyone who came out to see dbatools for the Uninitiated at SQL Saturday Albany on July 20th, 2019. I had a lot of fun sharing dbatools with you and hope you’re ready to start exploring on your own! The slides and demo scripts are available in my GitHub repository. If you have any…Read More SQL Saturday Albany Slides & Demo Code
I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting at SQL Saturday #855 in Albany, NY on July 20, 2019. Join me at 2 PM in room LC05 for “dbatools for the Uninitiated“Read More SQL Saturday Albany NY 2019
Announced at DataGrillen 2019 today, the amazing dbatools PowerShell module has officially released version 1.0. This is a tremendous milestone for the best Open Source project built for data professionals.Read More dbatools One Point OH YEAH!
In my previous post, I outlined the preparations we undertook to migrate a large SQL Server 2008R2 instance to SQL Server 2016. This post details migration day.Read More A Monumental Migration to SQL Server 2016 – Part 2
A bit over a year ago, I blogged about my experience migrating a test SQL Server instance from a VM to a physical machine with a little help from my friends. That migration went well and the instance has been running trouble-free ever since. But it’s small potatoes. A modest instance, it’s only about 5%…Read More A Monumental Migration to SQL Server 2016 – Part 1
@SQLMonkeyNYC asked on Twitter this morning: #sqlhelp Does anyone have a product that will back up a single table and restore it to another database? Thanks in advance!! — My friends call me Gandalf (@SQLMonkeyNYC) November 14, 2018 Pat Phelan replied, suggesting that dbatools can do it, but after thinking on it for a bit…Read More Copying Individual Tables with dbatools