Dan Sullivan has been doing some great things using PowerShell to manage SQL. Dan wrote that Addison-Wesley book "A Developer's Guide to SQL Server 2005" along with Bob Beauchemin. He has now started a series of articles on this topic at simple-talk.com. Here are the first two but Dan told me that he'll be writing more so you might want to bookmark the search for all Dan's articles:

BTW – if you are new to PowerShell, these are worth reading as they also provide a very good and pithy introduction to PowerShell.


Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
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