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Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 5:48 AM
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I moving in to more SQL Server support coming from UNIX based Sybase. When coding administartive utility code ouside of provided interfaces, I generally use a cobination of shell scripts,isql and and some Perl. What tends to be the most popular methods for supporting SQL Server. Scripting/Programming/Other tools?

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The vast majority is done through the provided interfaces and T-SQL. But if you're really interesting in automating administration of the servers and instances, PowerShell is your bestest friend in the world.

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I concur 100% with grant. You can do a ton with TSQL, use Powershell for stuff you cant do with TSQL.

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To wit, I use xp_CmdShell to call Powershell.

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