Exec sproc from Powershell


I would like to execute a stored procedure from Powershell (v2) against a SQL Server 2008 database. Coming from using C# as my primary language, I'm doing it in that fashion. For example, when I need to run a sproc that doesn't return results, here is what I'm doing now:

$con = new-object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection($connectionString)
$cmd = new-object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand("exec MySproc", $con)

While perhaps TMTOWTDI, I'd like to know the best way.

I should mention that I'm already familiar with T-SQL and the System.Data namespace. This is really a question about Powershell.

By : Justin R.


ExecuteNonQuery() runs a stored procedure but does not ask for results. You'd have to use ExecuteReader() for a rowset, or ExecuteScalar() for one row with one value.

Here's an example from this nice tutorial:

$SqlConnection = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection
$SqlConnection.ConnectionString = "..."
$SqlCmd = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand
$SqlCmd.CommandText = "sp_helpdb"
$SqlCmd.Connection = $SqlConnection
$SqlAdapter = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataAdapter
$SqlAdapter.SelectCommand = $SqlCmd
$DataSet = New-Object System.Data.DataSet
By : Andomar

For straight PowerShell I would go with code like you and Andomar have written. However if you are using the PowerShell Community Extensions there are some cmdlets for working with ADO e.g.:

$conn = 'Data Source=.\SQLEXPRESS;Initial Catalog=pubs;Integrated Security=SSPI'
$ds = Invoke-AdoCommand -ProviderName SqlClient -ConnectionString $conn `
          -CommandText 'Select * from Authors' -AsDataSet

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By: admin