Disclaimer: The title is my assumption because I saw it in the past happening this way. This blog post aims to make you remember something: something that is obvious to you, might not be obvious to others. Scenario: A client has a process which consists of a stored procedure that wraps a bunch of other stored procedures. The process runs for about 10 hours. Taking a look…what is running right now?
I don’t know about your experience when it comes to SQL Server Agent jobs but often I receive requests to grant permission so that clients can handle their jobs in an autonomous way. Any problem with that? It depends 😄 If you’re not familiarized with the difficulty this can bring, let me share with you a different way to accomplish the task without adding the login to the sysadmin instance role.
Few days ago I received a request to restore a dozen of tables because someone have deleted more data than it was supposed. I immediately thought about dbatools for the job! NOTE: I also thought about SSMS “Import/Export Data”. And this is ok when someone says “it’s to run just once, just now”. When you are in the IT for a while you know that is not only once :-). And what if I need to re-run?
Probably you had the need to script out some objects from a SQL Server instance/database and this is quite easy. You just need to right click on the object (well…not on every single one, try it with an Availability Group :-), no script option available) select “Script XXXX as” and you have it. But have you realized that this option doesn’t bring all the stuff? Let’s say you are scripting a table and you have a Non-Clustered index or a trigger…using this option some of the objects under the table will not be scripted out.