SQL Server: DROP All But A Few Tables With PowerShell (or DROP ALL)

Recently, I received a request to backup a dozen tables or so tables out of 12 thousand tables. I had to retain all the indexes, statistics etc. The goal was to hand this over to the vendor for analysis as a database backup. I could have copied the selected tables over to a new database … Continue reading SQL Server: DROP All But A Few Tables With PowerShell (or DROP ALL)

SQL Server: Quick Space & File Layout Analysis With PowerShell and PowerBI

Long time ago, I created a little chunk of TSQL to get a glimpse of my space and file layout information at the Database/File/Filegroup level. It is a basic routine that spins through all the databases of an instance to collect space usage data. Over the years, I have used it a lot and it … Continue reading SQL Server: Quick Space & File Layout Analysis With PowerShell and PowerBI

SQL Server: Detach/Attach Gotchas!

Please checkout my post on "Moving Datafiles" which is very related to this method but is preferred more. One would think that detaching and attaching databases is one of the simplest things to do. It is. However, there are so many things that can break by that simple operation by itself and nothing more. Recently, … Continue reading SQL Server: Detach/Attach Gotchas!

PowerShell & SQL Server: Run In Parallel – Collect SQL Results With PRINT Output From Across Your SQL Farm – Fast!

If you have been working with PowerShell and SQL Server for a while now, you know that it is not difficult to capture the PRINT statement output as VERBOSE output (which can then be redirected to a variable or file). You also know that it is not too difficult to run SQL in parallel against … Continue reading PowerShell & SQL Server: Run In Parallel – Collect SQL Results With PRINT Output From Across Your SQL Farm – Fast!

SQL Server: Visualize Your Backups For Insights – By Month Day, Time etc.

Backups are a very important part of a DBA's job. Understanding when they have happened and when they have not happened is even more important. Quantifying things quickly can mean the difference between good and bad decisions when you are in a bind. Note: If you are looking to do something similar with Oracle, please … Continue reading SQL Server: Visualize Your Backups For Insights – By Month Day, Time etc.