A PowerShell Story

Compañeros! Welcome back to the SQL Trail. How would you feel if you could automate all of your mundane, routine SQL Server tasks? If you’ve ever wondered how to get started in PowerShell, then this episode is for you. In Episode 51 of the SQL Data Partners Podcast I chat with Janakiraman Sattainathan about learning PowerShell the use cases where its implementation makes a huge impact. Jana was able to migrate over 20 terabytes of data and 4 thousand tables using a PowerShell script he wrote in just two weeks.

Listen to learn

  • How Jana went from PowerShell “kid” to programmer in two years
  • Why SSIS isn’t enough for large automation tasks
  • How to discover new use cases for PowerShell
  • Why a collection of scripts that took two weeks to build beat out all other tools
  • How Jana migrated over four thousand tables using PowerShell

Our Guest

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Janakiraman Sattainathan

Jana is a production DBA for Scor and lives in the Charlotte North Carolina area. He is certified in both Oracle and SQL Server.  He is a database and PowerShell aficionado. Follow him on LinkedIn.

[A] lot of DBAs out there already do that. They download partial scripts that are available online and they run them as a one-off thing. When they need it to do that one specific thing they won’t come up with it. But once you pick up a book and start reading through the scripts, then it will all make sense and then you can tweak things a little here and there, add things, and make your own and that’s the way to do it.

Janakiraman Sattainathan

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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