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  • Change SQL Servers Authentication Mode with PowerShell

    Lately I've been working on scripts to check and set security and configuration settings for SQL Server using PowerShell. One of the settings that I normally set and forget at install time is the Authentication Mode setting. Best practices suggest that you set this to Windows Authentication, but my experience has been that it's always better to ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on May 19, 2011
  • Speaking at SQL Saturday 61 in Washington DC

    The organizers of SQL Saturday #61 in DC (actually Reston, VA) created an Advanced DBA/Dev track for their event, which I think is cool. Both of the presentations I'll be doing there on Saturday are in that track. (In fact, they're the first two sessions of the day.) The first, Automate Policy-Based Management using PowerShell will walk through ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on December 2, 2010
  • Discover Facets and Properties in PowerShell

    When you're trying to set up scripts to deploy policies to your servers (because you ALWAYS automate with PowerShell, right?), it can be sometimes difficult to determine exactly what facets are there, and when you do know the facet name, what properties are available to you. First, in a native PowerShell window you'll need to load the assemblies ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on September 27, 2010
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer

    Maybe I'm a little late to the party, but I thought I would share with you the most recent release of Microsoft's Best Practices Analyzer for SQL Server 2008 R2 (you can also read the original blog announcement from CSS). Let me be clear: this tool is not just for people who are already on SQL Server 2008 R2.  It will also happily analyze ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on August 25, 2010
  • PASS PowerShell/SQL Server PreCon

    PowerShell is an amazing tool to help you automate your administrative processes. There are a lot of books and online sources to help you learn PowerShell, but how do you learn how to use it with SQL Server? Simple, just sign up for my PASS PreCon session. Here's the outline: Use PowerShell to Get the Most out of SQL Server Module 1: ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on August 19, 2010
  • Speaking at SQL Saturday Nashville

    SQL Saturday - Nashville, TN, August 21, 2010 I'll be presenting two sessions this Saturday (August 21, 2010) in Nashville, TN - XQuery Basics and Gather SQL Server Performance Data with PowerShell. The event takes place at Nashville State Community College (120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, Tennessee, 37209). In the XQuery session I'll give an ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on August 18, 2010
  • TechEd 2010 Followup

    Last week I presented a couple of sessions at Tech Ed NA in New Orleans. It was a great experience, even though my demos didn't always work out as planned. Here are the sessions I presented: DAT01-INT Administrative Demo-Fest for SQL Server 2008 SQL Server 2008 provides a wealth of features aimed at the DBA. In this demofest of features we'll ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on June 13, 2010
  • Speaking at SQLSaturday #33 in Charlotte

    I'll be presenting two sessions this Saturday (March 6, 2010) in Charlotte - Automate SQL Server Administration with PowerShell and Gather SQL Server Performance Data with PowerShell. The event takes place at the Microsoft Charlotte Offices on 8050 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. For more information please visit SQLSaturday.com or email us ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on March 4, 2010
  • A Couple of Invoke-SQLCMD Issues

    In working on a PowerShell script to load data into SQL Server, I decided to use the Invoke-SQLCMD cmdlet included in the snapins provided with SQL Server 2008, and found a couple of issues you should know about. First, as a matter of best practices, if a stored procedure returns a scalar value, it should do so in an output parameter. The ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on August 14, 2009
  • PowerShell's "Mini-Shell" Is Not A "Mini" Shell

    I just learned about a Connect item entered on Friday: https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=475337. Here's the description in the item. Please invoke the full powershell not a ''mini-shell''. Powershell is very powerful but the mini-shell you get when invoking Powershell from the Management Studio ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on July 20, 2009
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