SQL Server – Running A Script Or SQL On Multiple Instances/Databases With PowerShell – Level 100

Today, I received a really simple request. There was an UPDATE statement that had to be run on quite a few databases in multiple instances.  This was for a vendor software we use and the statement was sent to me by a Helpdesk professional who manages the product. You need to have the SQLPS (older) … Continue reading SQL Server – Running A Script Or SQL On Multiple Instances/Databases With PowerShell – Level 100

Thoughts On When To Use – Write-Host, Write-Output, Write-Debug, Write-Warning, Write-Verbose & Write-Error/Throw

PowerShell has matured as the automation tool of choice on the Microsoft platform, be it on Windows or Azure. However, there is no official guidance on best-practices and standards around some things. At times, bloggers do things incorrectly in their examples thereby reinforcing bad practices. Hopefully, this small post will help connect some dots for you! Please … Continue reading Thoughts On When To Use – Write-Host, Write-Output, Write-Debug, Write-Warning, Write-Verbose & Write-Error/Throw

PowerShell – Case-insensitive String Replacement

The problem: Replace "a" with "b" case-insensitively You have a simple string and you want to replace all "a" with "b" in a case-insensitive manner. First attempt (fail): PS C:\Windows\system32> [string] $someString = 'aAaAaAaA' $SomeString.Replace('a', 'b') #Result bAbAbAbAbA What happened? The [string].Replace() method is case-sensitive Second attempt (looks like it works but not quite): PS … Continue reading PowerShell – Case-insensitive String Replacement

PowerShell – Working With SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) – Get/Set Data Sources & Deploy Reports

I am working on a DevOps deployment tool to automate all DB infrastructure related deployments (in PowerShell). It has a SSRS side to it besides other components. i.e., SSRS reports have to be deployed. The functions at a high level In this post, I want to publish a few functions that I created around SSRS. They … Continue reading PowerShell – Working With SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) – Get/Set Data Sources & Deploy Reports

PowerShell: Read-Host On Steroids – Enhancements To Jeff Hicks Version

A better Read-Host - by Jeff Hicks Read-Host is very useful but it is too simplistic to write "good" code using it. Jeff Hicks (Twitter: @JeffHicks, Blog: jdhitsolutions.com/blog/)  who needs no introductions in the PowerShell world (and whose books I read to learn PowerShell), created a better Read-Host. I love his version. Please checkout the nice … Continue reading PowerShell: Read-Host On Steroids – Enhancements To Jeff Hicks Version