Mentorship – The Importance of a Mentor

When we listen to this word the very first thing comes in our mind is “A Person who can guide/advice/help us because they are more experience”. Mentorship refers to personal developmental relationship in which more experience person or more knowledgable person helps the lesser one.
Mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks. In many different areas people have benefited from being part of a mentoring relationship.

Each one of us must have benefited directly or indirectly by Mentor who guide us through our professional or personal life. For example most of us “Mother” would always be a mentor in our life.

In overall my professional career I found a very good Mentors with a good friends such as Mohit Dwivedi, Sanjiv Shah.

Dear Readers! you must be thinking why suddenly I am talking about all this. Recently I came across the wonderful blog by Jonathan Kehayias who explains us the “The Importance of a Mentor” in our professional career by which I am very much impressed and thought about sharing with you.

Happy Reading and be a good Mentor!

Using Powershell – Backup Database

In my last post (Using PowerShell – Remove Old Files) I showed how PowerShell script can help Database Administrators and Developers to automate the routine processes. There are many areas where PowerShell script helps to break the border such as network.

For example, recently my colleagues were facing the problem while scheduling backup to some x location (other than server machine) from one DB server. After analyzing the problem we figured out that SQL Server agent was running under Service Account and that account does not have permission to backup location.

To resolve this conflict we wrote the PowerShell script which run from location machine and takes the backup to backup location, as the User running the script from Local machine does got permission to backup machine we schedule the windows Job to complete this task. This is just a one way of doing it. There is much more we can do with PowerShell!

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SqlServer.SMO”) | Out-Null

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended”) | Out-Null

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SqlServer.ConnectionInfo”) | Out-Null

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoEnum”) | Out-Null

$server1 = New-Object (“Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server”) (“TESTSRV”)

$a = ” Test “

$b = $a  + “.bak”

$bakFile = “C:MISC_BACKUP_FILES” + $b


$dbBackup = new-Object (“Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Backup”)

$dbBackup.Database = $a

$dbBackup.BackupSetName = $a + ” Backup”

$dbBackup.Devices.AddDevice($bakFile, “File”)

$dbBackup.Action= “Database”

$dbBackup.Initialize = $TRUE



Enjoy Scripting!

Using PowerShell – Remove Old Files

PowerShell is a powerful scripting shell that lets administrators and developers automate server administration and application deployment. The PowerShell language supports more complex logic than Transact-SQL scripts, giving SQL Server administrators the ability to build robust administration scripts.

One of the routine example is purge Old files. Administrator needs to remove the old files from the disk or archive older files to some location. We can do this by writing vb script, c# script; PowerShell even by SQL Server Maintenance plans as well. But here I am going to demonstrate the same using PowerShell script in just few lines.

$Now = Get-Date$Days = “5”

$LastWrite = $Now.AddDays(-$days)

$TargetFolder = “\\server\folder\”

$Files = get-childitem $TargetFolder | Where {$_.LastWriteTime -le “$LastWrite”}

foreach ($File in $Files)

{write-host “Deleting File $TargetFolder$File” -foregroundcolor “Red”; Remove-Item $TargetFolder$File}

The above script helps to delete the files older than 5 days.

How to use it :

  • Save the script using extension .ps1 E.g. CleanupFile.ps1
  • Run the script using command prompt or you can run it directly from powershell command prompt.

powershell C:\CleanupFile.ps1

Enjoy Scripting!