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Posted Friday, June 28, 2013 8:44 AM
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Its that dreaded time. The IT manager just handed me a long list of of all the servers that are probably running SQL and wants me to get him some basic documentation. Is anyone aware of a tool that can automagically work through a list of severs and record server/instance/db information to a central management server.

I've looked a few offerings and they don't offer everything i want. Either they just work per instance or db, or they just export to a doc or flat file. I'm not interested in some fancy word/html/excel output just return the results to a db to report on demand.
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Posted Friday, June 28, 2013 9:13 AM


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Not a magic tool to do the job, but sounds like something you could maybe knock up pretty quickly in PowerShell.

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Posted Friday, June 28, 2013 9:17 AM



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hopefully you'll get a stack of options;

Here's one: this procedure returns a table of HTML-formatted information that documents some server settings, and object details of the currently scoped database:

Link To sp_dbDocumentation.txt

it has a dependency to a stored procedure which scripts a TABLE or objects DDL as a varchar string I created here:
Link To sp_GetDDL_Latest.txt

it's an enhancement of this shallowabove's contribution:

and it produces well formed HTML output that looks like this:

Sample HTML Output DEV223_master.html

because it looks pretty, it usually solves some of the documentation requirements pretty quickly and easily. Hope this helps you out, along with any other posts folks can add!


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