We subscribe to idea that developers should release early and release often. dbatools has been around since 2014 but is still in prerelease (0.9.x). It’s been tested by thousands of people and each release gets better and better because of your early suggestions, bug reports and feedback.
PowerShell Core (aka PowerShell 6+) went GA (generally available) and supported in January of 2018. Please be aware at this time we do not support this version of PowerShell. It is on the roadmap but at this time there is no estimated time we will be supporting it.
We plan for version 1.0 to be gorgeous and standardized. This means that we’ll be introducing breaking changes by fixing our bad habits (inconsistent parameter names, etc). We’re unsure when 1.0 will be finalized but will announce it on our blog when it is.
Need a detailed walk-thru? Please see our New to PowerShell? section below all of the install methods.
- SQL Server 2000
- No PowerShell needed on the host for SQL Server-only commands 😮
- PowerShell remoting enabled on the host for Windows commands
- Windows 7 with PowerShell v3
dbatools is not required on the server. For more information on installation and requirements see this post.
Method 1: Install dbatools from the PowerShell Gallery
The PowerShell Gallery and the command
Install-Module are natively available in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. If you run Windows 7, 8, Server 2012 & below you can either install PackageManagement from powershellgallery.com or simply skip to method 2.
Install-Module requires Run As Administrator, and installs dbatools globally. Don’t have admin access or want to install dbatools only for yourself?
Install-Module dbatools -Scope CurrentUser
Method 2: For legacy (Win7, Win8, etc) systems: scripted installer directly from GitHub
Invoke-Expression (Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing https://dbatools.io/in)
This will install dbatools locally (for just the current user) to the DocumentsWindowsPowerShellModules folder. Note: please only use
Invoke-Expression (Invoke-WebRequest..) from sources you trust, like us 👍
Method 3: Download the zip directly and manually import the module.
Once you’ve extracted the folder, make sure you rename it from dbatools-master or dbatools-development to plain o’ dbatools and place it somewhere in
Method 4: Clone the repository from GitHub
git clone https://github.com/sqlcollaborative/dbatools
Method 5: Offline install
Don’t have Internet access on your DBA workstation? Check out our offline install guide.
Method 6: chocolatey!
Now, you can even install dbatools using chocolatey
choco install dbatools
New to PowerShell?
If you’re new to PowerShell and would like in-depth walk-thrus and more, please visit:
- walk-thru: installing modules from the powershell gallery.
- getting started with powershell
- offline installs of dbatools
- talking to your security team about powershell and dbatools
Installing the module will make hundreds of commands available to you. Here’s a few:
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