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#PSTip Generate T-SQL script for cloning a SQL database

Note: This tip requires PowerShell 2.0 or above.

As database administrator, you may want to create a database on development or test servers with similar settings as on the production server. This is usually done using T-SQL. So, how is this related to PowerShell?

We can use SQL SMO objects in PowerShell to generate this T-SQL script!

Add-Type -AssemblyName "Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo, Version=10.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91"
$server = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server $env:ComputerName

Once we have the SQL Server object, we can use the Databases property to list all databases on the server.

$server.Databases

The database object has the Script() method which can be used to generate the T-SQL script!

$server.Databases['DBName'].Script()
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