Managing SQL Server Error Logs

Mike Fal shows us how to mange SQL Server error logs using Powershell:

Reading SQL Server error logs is pretty simple, but requires us to make use of the SMO objects and the .ReadErrorLog() method to get the data from the log. Let’s start by simply reading the SQL Server error log and see what the output looks like (I’ll be using the SQL Server provider for this)

The big benefit, as Mike points out, is that the log rows are considered objects, meaning you don’t need to try to parse out things like the log date.

Related Posts

Database Migration With dbatools

Jess Pomfret shows how easy it is to migrate databases from one SQL Server instance to another using dbatools: Now that there are no connections we can move the database.  Depending on the situation it might be worth setting the database to read only or single user mode first. In my case, I had the […]

Read More

Reading Giant Text Files With Powershell

Mark Broadbent has a quick Powershell script to read a selection from a giant text file: I recently ran into this very same problem in which the bcp error message stated: An error occurred while processing the file “D:\MyBigFeedFile.txt” on data row 123798766555678. Given that the text file was far in excess of notepad++ limits […]

Read More


January 2016
« Dec Feb »