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Can I determine SQL install date using a TSQL script?


Can I determine SQL install date using a TSQL script?

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Is it possible to determine the date SQL was installed using a TSQL script command?
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I would like to know when several SQL Servers were created.

Could it be the date the earliest non system database was created?

select @@servername + ' '+ convert(varchar(20),crdate,111)  + ' '+ [Name] from sys.sysdatabases order by crdate desc


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Just curious... why do you need to do this?

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Mainly because I am decommissioning SQL servers and building some SQL servers concurrently. I want to let people requesting them know that the life of the servers is too short, if in fact, it is. As I am contracting I do not know, for certain, when they were made.
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The script above should help, but why would that date impact whether or not something was being decommissioned? I'd think it was being used or not.

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Try looking at the installation folder's creation dates

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I think that the ability create virtual servers can mean less thought is going into their design. Therefore they need to be removed. I want to know how long they last. I think we need to plan them better so they last longer.

By the way finding out the installation date via T-SQL means I can run the command across multiple servers. Then there is no need to go to windows explorer for folder date in each instance.
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rbarryyoung (11/30/2008)
Try looking at the installation folder's creation dates

This can be done from SQL server.

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Is that using DIR ? How would you get that to work over different install paths?
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Ummmm... you may want to double check the methods above if these are, in fact, virtual machines... even the installation folders may contain nothing but an image of what the "mother" VM machine has on it... could be real deceiving. Not sure where to look on VM machines, but can find out at work, today.

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