Copying Individual Tables with dbatools

@SQLMonkeyNYC asked on Twitter this morning:

Pat Phelan replied, suggesting that dbatools can do it, but after thinking on it for a bit and poking at a few functions, I realized that it’s not possible with a single function (yet). No worries. We can do it in three lines for now.

Explanation

  1. Grab the table from the source database and export the create script. I had to use -PassThru because otherwise, Export-DbaScript will create a file. Not the worst thing, but writing the file and the reading it immediately afterwards is a bit messy. Although now that I write that out, I suppose I could capture the filename that’s output and pass that to -QueryFile in the next step. Gotta love PowerShell – there’s always a few ways to do things.
  2. Take the CREATE TABLE script that we just exported from the source database and run it against the destination.
  3. Run Copy-DbaDbTableData to bring the data over from the source to the destination.

This is a really quick & dirty example where I’m copying between two databases on the same instance, but should give you the idea. You can copy across instances and copy multiple tables as well.

Update

Cláudio Silva (blog | twitter) has written a post that expands on the above code to include scripting out other objects related to the table being copied. The code above overlooks keys, constraints and more. Check it out!

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