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Useful SQL Server related Powershell Modules for the DBA

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I thought in this post I would cover useful SQL Server related Powershell Modules for the DBA. So with that being said lets start with the most obvious module.

SQLServer

First of all, lets clear one thing up. What was the old PSSQL module what is now called SQLServer. So if you see any vendor documentation referring to PSSQL they probably mean this module. They probably just need to update their documentation. You can use this older version for backwards compatibility but the SQLServer module has newer cmdlets.

Azure/AzureRM/AzureRM.Core/Az

OK, lets see if I can cover this without causing mass confusion. In the beginning there was the Azure module, designed to cover the old ASM (Azure Service Manager) fabric Azure use to use. As you might know Azure now uses the ARM (Azure resource manager) architecture. Instead of changing the existing Azure module to cater for both Microsoft decided to create a new module with RM on the end.

To cater for the cross platform version of Powershell called Powershell Core Microsoft released an additional module with similar functionality to the AzureRM module.

As you can imagine the two separate AzureRM modules has got very confusing for members of the community. Therefore to resolve this Microsoft are now releasing the Az module to replace them. You can find out more about this here.

DBATools

For those of you who may not have heard of the extremely popular DBATools module yet it’s a module developed by various members of the SQL Server community. It was originally aimed at doing SQL Server migrations but as it has grown it now covers a lot more and is worth looking into here.

A spin off from this module is DBAChecks, which I talked about in my previous post here.

UserRights

Now I’ve used this on Windows Server 2016 Core edition and it’s great. A really easy module to allocate rights to service accounts without having to delve into complex code. You can find out more about this module here.

Final word

Well that’s it from me in this post. These are modules I tend to find useful and are not a complete list of modules you can use with SQL Server. Feel free to comment on what others you use.

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