dbatools with Bert

This weekend, while I was having a great time at SQL Saturday Cleveland, I ran into my friend Bert (b|t). He had some dbatools questions, which I was happy to help him with.  Now that dbatools has over 500 commands, it is both awesome and terrifying.  Bert wanted to know how to automate his database backups and then check he was using the correct recovery model.

Backup your databases

Bert’s first question was how to automate his database backups. I showed him the Backup-DbaDatabase command and explained some of the parameters available.

First, we backed up all the databases on his instance:

Backup-DbaDatabase -SqlInstance localhost\sql2017

We then looked at specifying a specific database to backup:

Backup-DbaDatabase -SqlInstance localhost\sql2017 -Database ApplicationDatabase

This command will backup to the default backup location for your instance. If you want to override that you can use the BackupDirectory parameter:

Backup-DbaDatabase `
-SqlInstance localhost `
-Database ApplicationDatabase `
-BackupDirectory C:\backups\

The final options we looked at were two switches: CompressBackup,which will make use of backup compression, and CopyOnly, which will leave your LSN chain intact by taking a copy only backup.

Backup-DbaDatabase `
-SqlInstance localhost `
-Database ApplicationDatabase `
-CompressBackup `

Once we had Bert’s databases all backed up and safe he realized he also needed to make sure the database recovery model was set correctly.

Check Database Recovery Model

Bert wanted to make sure he was using the Full recovery model for his databases. We went about finding any that were in Simple with the following:

Get-DbaDbRecoveryModel -SqlInstance localhost -RecoveryModel Simple

We also talked about running this command against multiple instances, either by using a central management server or from a text file:

Get-DbaDbRecoveryModel `
-SqlInstance $(Get-Content C:\servers.txt) `
-RecoveryModel Simple

We found some databases in the simple recovery model that we wanted to change. This can easily be accomplished by piping the output of our get command into the set command:

Get-DbaDbRecoveryModel -SqlInstance localhost -RecoveryModel Simple | 
Set-DbaDbRecoveryModel -RecoveryMode Full

Search dbatools Commands

The final tip I had for Bert was how to use Find-DbaCommand to help him find the commands he needed to complete his tasks.

A lot of the commands have tags, which is a good way to find anything relating to compression. For example:

Find-DbaCommand -Tag Compression

You can also just specify keywords and the command will search for any reference of these within the inline command based help for all the commands.

Find-DbaCommand triggers


There are many more resources to get help with dbatools. Firstly, their website,, has a lot of great information on how to get started.

Secondly, the dbatools slack channel is always full of people who can lend a hand. You can get an invite here:

Finally, feel free to get in contact with me if you have any questions or need some help finding the commands you need to get going with dbatools.

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