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when were databases last restored

    SELECT A.restore_history_id
         , A.restore_date  –date database was restored
         , A.destination_database_name
         , A.user_name
         , A.restore_type
         , B.backup_finish_date –date of backup used to restore database
         , C.physical_device_name  –backup file used to restore database
         , A.stop_at
         , A.stop_at_mark_name
         , A.stop_before
      FROM msdb.dbo.restorehistory A
 LEFT JOIN msdb.[dbo].[backupset] B
        ON A.backup_set_id = B.backup_set_id
 LEFT JOIN msdb.[dbo].[backupmediafamily] C
        ON B.[media_set_id] = C.[media_set_id]
     WHERE A.restore_date 
         = ( SELECT MAX(A1.restore_date)
               FROM msdb.dbo.restorehistory A1
              WHERE A1.destination_database_name = A.destination_database_name )

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Execute ps1 files at command line

1. Open regedit.exe

2. Export copy of the registry

3. Navigate to


4.  Change the default from ‘Open’ to ‘0’

5. Could change default parameters to powershell.exe in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTMicrosoft.PowerShellScript.1ShellCommand

Another option:
3. Navigate in registry to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTMicrosoft.PowerShellScript.1ShellOpenCommand

4. Change Old Value:
“C:WindowsSystem32notepad.exe” “%1”

to New Value:
“C:WindowsSystem32WindowsPowerShellv1.0powershell.exe” -NoLogo -NoProfile -NonInteractive -ExecutionPolicy “Bypass” -File “%1”

Why not do this:

This makes it easy for dangerous .ps1 files to be executed.  With great power comes great responsibility.

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error accomodating a copy of the model database

Problem: Error encountered during installation of vendor software package that includes creation of database

Symptoms: Error message similar to “37000-1803: [Microsoft] [ODBC SQL Server Driver] [SQL Server] The CREATE DATABASE statement failed. The primary file must be at least XXXX MB to accommodate a copy of the model database.”

Cause: Vendor has specified a database size in their create database script that is smaller than the size of the “model” database on that instance.

Solution: Shrink model database