PowerShell & SQL Server: Unmask All Masked Columns (Dynamic Data Masking) In Database

Necessity is the mother of new PowerShell code :-)! Today, I had to unmask all the columns I had helped mask using Dynamic Data Masking. This simple post assumes that you are a privileged user with the ability to drop "Column Masking"! Identify Masked Columns The SQL to identify all masked columns is pretty simple … Continue reading PowerShell & SQL Server: Unmask All Masked Columns (Dynamic Data Masking) In Database

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PowerShell & SQL Server: Search & Find Indexes By SchemaName, TableName, IndexName Or ColumnName Across Instances/DB’s

Necessity is the mother of new PowerShell code :-)! Today, I received an email request to get the list of all indexes in a given TableName but the requester did not specify the DatabaseName although the SQL InstanceName was specified. It would be too easy to ask the person for the DBName and script it … Continue reading PowerShell & SQL Server: Search & Find Indexes By SchemaName, TableName, IndexName Or ColumnName Across Instances/DB’s

Oracle: Find The Total Size Of All Of Your CLOB & BLOB Columns In All Tables

Today I received a request from an application owner who wanted to know the size of all the CLOB and BLOB columns in all the non-system tables so that they have a good idea of the size involved for a migration. Tables with BLOB/CLOB columns The SQL to find the tables with the BLOB/CLOB columns … Continue reading Oracle: Find The Total Size Of All Of Your CLOB & BLOB Columns In All Tables

PowerShell: Export-QueryToSQLTable – Export All Of Glenn Berry’s DMV’s, sp_WhoIsActive, sp_Blitz & Any Of Your Own Queries To SQL Server Tables

There are native PowerShell cmdlets to export to CSVĀ  or text but I have not seen one that can easily export any SQL query output to a SQL Server table in bulk (Write-DbaDataTable function of dbatools does it for one table which I use in my solution below). I probably did not look too hard … Continue reading PowerShell: Export-QueryToSQLTable – Export All Of Glenn Berry’s DMV’s, sp_WhoIsActive, sp_Blitz & Any Of Your Own Queries To SQL Server Tables

Oracle – Capture OS Command Output Using Oracle External Tables

Case for the OS side: Some things are best done on the OS side and there is no question about that. Case for the DB side: Some things are best done on the database side and there is no question about that either. What if? Some things need the output of one in the other … Continue reading Oracle – Capture OS Command Output Using Oracle External Tables