Archive for 2010

Schedule a Windows server reboot

Just a quick one today as I’m always forgetting how to do this! I occasionally have to schedule server reboots to happen in the middle of the night. This is easily achieved by using the AT command in a command prompt window. The following example will schedule a server reboot for 3AM as a one-off […]

Why didn’t I know this SSMS Shortcut?

I was in two minds about whether to blog about this as I’m sure many people know this already! What the hell! I’m not embarrassed to admit I don’t know everything. Even the most casual user of SSMS knows that you can drag any database, table or column from the object explorer to the editor. […]

Beware of the BIT!

I’ve been spending the past week or so changing a colleagues scripts into SSRS reports so we can automate things a bit better. During some QA checks I noticed that I was coming out with higher counts on one section of the report. Much to my frustration the two queries looked identical and I had […]

Send email with Powershell

There’s two methods I often use for sending email in my Powershell scripts. The first uses the Send-MailMessage cmdlet and the second resorts to using the .Net Framework. Why do I use two methods? Well…. ?View Code POWERSHELLSend-MailMessage -To ‘’ -From ‘’ -Subject ‘Test Message’ -Body ‘This is a test message.’ -SmtpServer ‘’; The Send-MailMessage […]

Tweet-SQL: Storing searches in a table

A Tweet-SQL user emailed me recently about how to store results from the tweet_src_search procedure in a table. Twitter returns an atom feed for search requests so you have to handle this slightly differently compared to other Tweet-SQL procedures. Here’s a quick walk-through of how we can get Twitter search results into a database table […]