Scripting Maintenance Mode Tasks

Jamie Wick shares some hard-earned knowledge regarding scripting out maintenance tasks using Powershell:

Given that we have several hundred servers (and growing), this process is taking an increasing amount of time each month. Over the years we’ve implemented various automated patching systems (WSUS, IBM BigFix, etc.) and they’ve worked reasonably well for managing the Download & Install step. The pain point lately has become the first two steps (snapshots and maintenance mode). Both processes are simple to complete using the VCenter web-based user interface and SCOM console. The problem is the volume of button clicks it takes to complete the process for ALL of the servers. Using the standard (web) user interfaces, over an hour of the monthly maintenance window can be lost to just getting the snapshots and maintenance mode tasks completed. Extrapolate that out over a year and we’re looking at over 1.5 DAYS of work-time lost to getting the servers ready to START applying updates. That’s not a statistic we want to publish to senior management. So, how to fix (or minimize) the problem? The answer to which is: Script It.

Let’s take a look at how to use PowerShell to automate the snapshot and maintenance mode tasks.

Read on for sample scripts.

Related Posts

Version Store and ONLINE Operations

Josh Darnell takes us through how SQL Server manages ONLINE = ON operations (such as index building and rebuilding) using the version store: The votes table has about 10 million rows in it, so this takes a bit of time (10-15 seconds if nothing else is happening). If I check sys.dm_tran_version_store_space_usage and sp_WhoIsActive, I can see that: – […]

Read More

Starting SQL Server in Single-User Mode

Ranga Babu has a few methods for starting SQL Server in single-user mode: It is advisable to use SQLCMD when you want to query SQL Server that is started in single user mode as connecting directly and query using SQL Server Management Studio that uses more than one connection. To query SQL Server single user […]

Read More

Categories

June 2018
MTWTFSS
« May Jul »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930