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)

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SSAS: Automate SSAS Backups With PowerShell

I was looking for a solution to automate SSAS backups using PowerShell. By "automate", I mean the following: Backup one or more SSAS databases in an SSAS instance to a network location Automatically cleanup backups that are older than [x] days Schedule the backups via SQL Server Agent with minimal overhead Backup multiple host instances/databases … Continue reading SSAS: Automate SSAS Backups With PowerShell

PowerShell: SQL Server Services Startup Mode Change

This is one of those extremely simple posts where everyone who does PowerShell knows how ridiculously simple it is to do and you will too today. You will look like a magician to the uninitiated. Today, I had about 5 hosts running 4 instances of SQL Server each and I had to Stop all SQL … Continue reading PowerShell: SQL Server Services Startup Mode Change

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