Notifying a Teams Channel of a SQL Agent Job result

Following on from yesterdays post about creating an overview of SQL Agent Job Results and sending it to a Teams channel, I was given another challenge

Can you write a job step that I can add to SQL Agent jobs that can send the result of that job to a Teams Channel

A person with a need

The use case was for some migration projects that had steps that were scheduled via SQL Agent Jobs and instead of the DBA having to estimate when they would finish and keep checking so that they could let the next team know that it was time for their part to start, they wanted it to notify a Teams channel. This turned out especially useful as the job finished earlier than expected at 3am and the off-shore team could begin their work immediately.

Using SQL Agent Job tokens with PowerShell

You can use SQL Agent job tokens in Job step commands to reference the existing instance or job but I did not know if you could use that with PowerShell until I read Kendra Little’s blog post from 2009.

Thank you Kendra

Nothing is ever as easy as you think

So I thought, this is awesome, I can create a function and pass in the Instance and the JobId and all will be golden.

Nope

job_id <> $(JobID)

If we look in the sysjobs table at the Agent Job that we want to notify Teams about the result.

We can see that the job_id is

dc5937c3-766f-47b7-a5a5-48365708659a

If we look at the JobId property with PowerShell

We get

dc5937c3-766f-47b7-a5a5-48365708659a

Awesome, they are the same

But

If we look at the value of the $(JobID) SQL Agent Job Token,

we get

C33759DC6F76B747A5A548365708659A

which makes matching it to the JobId tricky

I tried all sorts of ways of casting and converting this value in SQL and PowerShell and in the end I just decided to manually convert the value

    $CharArray = $JobID.ToCharArray()

    $JobGUID = $CharArray[8] + $CharArray[9] + $CharArray[6] + $CharArray[7] + $CharArray[4] + $CharArray[5] + $CharArray[2] + $CharArray[3] + '-' + $CharArray[12] + $CharArray[13] + $CharArray[10] + $CharArray[11] + '-' + $CharArray[16] + $CharArray[17] + $CharArray[14] + $CharArray[15] + '-' + $CharArray[18] + $CharArray[19] + $CharArray[20] + $CharArray[21] + '-' + $CharArray[22] + $CharArray[23] + $CharArray[24] + $CharArray[25] + $CharArray[26] + $CharArray[27] + $CharArray[28] + $CharArray[29] + $CharArray[30] + $CharArray[31] + $CharArray[32] + $CharArray[33]

Send the information to Teams

Following the same pattern as yesterdays post, I created a function to send a message, depending on the outcome of the job and post it to the Teams function.

Again, I used Enter-Pssession to run the Teams notification from a machine that can send the message. (I have also included the code to do this without requiring that below so that you can send the message from the same machine that runs the job if required)

This code below is saved on a UNC share or the SQL Server as SingleNotifyTeams.ps1

Param(
    $SqlInstance,
    $JobID
)

$webhookurl = ""

$NotifyServer = 'BeardNUC2'
function Notify-TeamsSQlAgentJob {
    Param(
        $SQLInstance,
        $JobID,
        $webhookurl
    )

    $SQLInstance = $SQLInstance 
    # Import-Module 'C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\dbatools\1.0.107\dbatools.psd1'
    [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = { $true }
    [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12

    $CharArray = $JobID.ToCharArray()

    $JobGUID = $CharArray[8] + $CharArray[9] + $CharArray[6] + $CharArray[7] + $CharArray[4] + $CharArray[5] + $CharArray[2] + $CharArray[3] + '-' + $CharArray[12] + $CharArray[13] + $CharArray[10] + $CharArray[11] + '-' + $CharArray[16] + $CharArray[17] + $CharArray[14] + $CharArray[15] + '-' + $CharArray[18] + $CharArray[19] + $CharArray[20] + $CharArray[21] + '-' + $CharArray[22] + $CharArray[23] + $CharArray[24] + $CharArray[25] + $CharArray[26] + $CharArray[27] + $CharArray[28] + $CharArray[29] + $CharArray[30] + $CharArray[31] + $CharArray[32] + $CharArray[33]

    $Job = Get-DbaAgentJob -SQlInstance $SQLInstance | Where jobid -eq $JobGuiD
    $JobName = $Job.Name
    $Jobsteps = Get-DbaAgentJobStep -SQlInstance $SQLInstance -Job $JobName

    $JobStepNames = $Jobsteps.Name -join ' , '
    $JobStartDate = $job.JobSteps[0].LastRunDate
    $JobStatus = $job.LastRunOutcome
    $lastjobstepid = $jobsteps[-1].id
    $Jobstepsmsg = $Jobsteps | Out-String
    $JobStepStatus = ($Jobsteps | Where-Object {$_.id -ne $lastjobstepid -and $_.LastRunDate -ge $JobStartDate} ).ForEach{
        "   $($_.Name)  - $($_.LastRunDate) **$($_.LastRunOutCome)**  
"
    } 
    
    $Text = @"
# **$SqlInstance**   
## **$JobName**  

$jobstepMsg

Started at $JobStartDate 
- The individual Job Steps status was  

$JobStepStatus  


"@

    if (( $jobsteps | Where id -ne $lastjobstepid).LastRunOutcome -contains 'Failed') {
        $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
            "@type"      = "MessageCard"
            "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
            "summary"    = "There was a Job Failure"
            "themeColor" = '0078D7'
            "sections"   = @(
                @{
                    "activityTitle"    = "The Job Failed"
                    "activitySubtitle" = "Work to do - Please investigate the following job by following the steps in the plan at LINKTOPLAN"
                    "activityImage"    = "https://fit93a.db.files.1drv.com/y4mTOWSzX1AfIWx-VdUgY_Qp3wqebttT7FWSvtKK-zAbpTJuU560Qccv1_Z_Oxd4T4zUtd5oVZGJeS17fkgbl1dXUmvbldnGcoThL-bnQYxrTrMkrJS1Wz2ZRV5RVtZS9f4GleZQOMuWXP1HMYSjYxa6w09nEyGg1masI-wKIZfdnEF6L8r83Q9BB7yIjlp6OXEmccZt99gpb4Qti9sIFNxpg"
                    "text"             = $text
                    "markdown"         = $true
                }
            )
        }
    }
    else {
        $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
            "@type"      = "MessageCard"
            "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
            "summary"    = "The Job Succeeded"
            "themeColor" = '0078D7'
            "sections"   = @(
                @{
                    "activityTitle"    = "The Job Succeeded"
                    "activitySubtitle" = "All is well - Please continue with the next step in the plan at LINKTOPLAN"
                    "activityImage"    = "https://6f0bzw.db.files.1drv.com/y4mvnTDG9bCgNWTZ-2_DFl4-ZsUwpD9QIHUArsGF66H69zBO8a--FlflXiF7lrL2H3vgya0ogXIDx59hn62wo2tt3HWMbqnnCSp8yPmM1IFNwZMzgvSZBEs_n9B0v4h4M5PfOY45GVSjeFh8md140gWHaFpZoL4Vwh-fD7Zi3djU_r0PduZwNBVGOcoB6SMJ1m4NmMmemWr2lzBn57LutDkxw"
                    "text"             = $text
                    "markdown"         = $true
                }
            )
        }
    }

    $TeamMessageBody = ConvertTo-Json $JSONBody -Depth 100
 
    $NotifyCommand = {
    $parameters = @{
        "URI"         = $Using:webhookurl
        "Method"      = 'POST'
        "Body"        = $Using:TeamMessageBody
        "ContentType" = 'application/json'
    }
 
    Invoke-RestMethod @parameters
}
    $Session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $NotifyServer
    Invoke-Command -Session $Session -ScriptBlock $NotifyCommand
}

$msg = 'ServerName  = ' + $SQLInstance + 'JobId = ' + $JobID
Write-Host $msg
Notify-TeamsSQLAgentJob -SQlInstance $SqlInstance -JobID $JobID -webhookurl $webhookurl

Then it can be called in a SQL Agent job step, again following the guidelines at dbatools.io/agent

It is called slightly differently as you ned to pass in the SQL Agent tokens as parameters to the script

powershell.exe -File path to Notify-TeamsSQLAgentJob.ps1 -SQLInstance  $(ESCAPE_SQUOTE(SRVR)) -JobID  $(ESCAPE_NONE(JOBID))

SQL Agent Job Step Success and Failure

We need to take another step to ensure that this works as expected. We have to change the On Failure action for each job step to the “Go To Notify Teams” step

Making people smile

You can also add images (make sure the usage rights allow) so that the success notification can look like this

and the failure looks like this

Happy Automating !

Here is the code that does not require remoting to another server to send the message

Param(
    $SqlInstance,
    $JobID
)

$webhookurl = "https://outlook.office.com/webhook/5a8057cd-5e1a-4c84-9227-74a309f1c738@b122247e-1ebf-4b52-b309-c2aa7436fc6b/IncomingWebhook/affb85f05804438eb7ffb57665879248/f32fc7e6-a998-4670-8b33-635876559b80"

function Notify-TeamsSQlAgentJob {
    Param(
        $SQLInstance,
        $JobID,
        $webhookurl
    )

    $SQLInstance = $SQLInstance 
    # Import-Module 'C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\dbatools\1.0.107\dbatools.psd1'
    [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = { $true }
    [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12

    $CharArray = $JobID.ToCharArray()

    $JobGUID = $CharArray[8] + $CharArray[9] + $CharArray[6] + $CharArray[7] + $CharArray[4] + $CharArray[5] + $CharArray[2] + $CharArray[3] + '-' + $CharArray[12] + $CharArray[13] + $CharArray[10] + $CharArray[11] + '-' + $CharArray[16] + $CharArray[17] + $CharArray[14] + $CharArray[15] + '-' + $CharArray[18] + $CharArray[19] + $CharArray[20] + $CharArray[21] + '-' + $CharArray[22] + $CharArray[23] + $CharArray[24] + $CharArray[25] + $CharArray[26] + $CharArray[27] + $CharArray[28] + $CharArray[29] + $CharArray[30] + $CharArray[31] + $CharArray[32] + $CharArray[33]

    $Job = Get-DbaAgentJob -SQlInstance $SQLInstance | Where jobid -eq $JobGuiD
    $JobName = $Job.Name
    $Jobsteps = Get-DbaAgentJobStep -SQlInstance $SQLInstance -Job $JobName

    $JobStepNames = $Jobsteps.Name -join ' , '
    $JobStartDate = $job.JobSteps[0].LastRunDate
    $JobStatus = $job.LastRunOutcome
    $lastjobstepid = $jobsteps[-1].id
    $Jobstepsmsg = $Jobsteps | Out-String
    $JobStepStatus = ($Jobsteps | Where-Object {$_.id -ne $lastjobstepid -and $_.LastRunDate -ge $JobStartDate} ).ForEach{
        "   $($_.Name)  - $($_.LastRunDate) **$($_.LastRunOutCome)**  
"
    } 
    
    $Text = @"
# **$SqlInstance**   
## **$JobName**  

$jobstepMsg

Started at $JobStartDate 
- The individual Job Steps status was  

$JobStepStatus  


"@

    if (( $jobsteps | Where id -ne $lastjobstepid).LastRunOutcome -contains 'Failed') {
        $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
            "@type"      = "MessageCard"
            "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
            "summary"    = "There was a Job Failure"
            "themeColor" = '0078D7'
            "sections"   = @(
                @{
                    "activityTitle"    = "The Job Failed"
                    "activitySubtitle" = "Work to do - Please investigate the following job by following the steps in the plan at LINKTOPLAN"
                    "activityImage"    = "https://fit93a.db.files.1drv.com/y4mTOWSzX1AfIWx-VdUgY_Qp3wqebttT7FWSvtKK-zAbpTJuU560Qccv1_Z_Oxd4T4zUtd5oVZGJeS17fkgbl1dXUmvbldnGcoThL-bnQYxrTrMkrJS1Wz2ZRV5RVtZS9f4GleZQOMuWXP1HMYSjYxa6w09nEyGg1masI-wKIZfdnEF6L8r83Q9BB7yIjlp6OXEmccZt99gpb4Qti9sIFNxpg"
                    "text"             = $text
                    "markdown"         = $true
                }
            )
        }
    }
    else {
        $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
            "@type"      = "MessageCard"
            "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
            "summary"    = "The Job Succeeded"
            "themeColor" = '0078D7'
            "sections"   = @(
                @{
                    "activityTitle"    = "The Job Succeeded"
                    "activitySubtitle" = "All is well - Please continue with the next step in the plan at LINKTOPLAN"
                    "activityImage"    = "https://6f0bzw.db.files.1drv.com/y4mvnTDG9bCgNWTZ-2_DFl4-ZsUwpD9QIHUArsGF66H69zBO8a--FlflXiF7lrL2H3vgya0ogXIDx59hn62wo2tt3HWMbqnnCSp8yPmM1IFNwZMzgvSZBEs_n9B0v4h4M5PfOY45GVSjeFh8md140gWHaFpZoL4Vwh-fD7Zi3djU_r0PduZwNBVGOcoB6SMJ1m4NmMmemWr2lzBn57LutDkxw"
                    "text"             = $text
                    "markdown"         = $true
                }
            )
        }
    }

    $TeamMessageBody = ConvertTo-Json $JSONBody -Depth 100
 
    $parameters = @{
        "URI"         = $webhookurl
        "Method"      = 'POST'
        "Body"        = $TeamMessageBody
        "ContentType" = 'application/json'
    }
 
    Invoke-RestMethod @parameters
}

$msg = 'ServerName  = ' + $SQLInstance + 'JobId = ' + $JobID
Write-Host $msg
Notify-TeamsSQLAgentJob -SQlInstance $SqlInstance -JobID $JobID -webhookurl $webhookurl

Sending a SQL Agent Job results overview to a Microsoft Teams Channel

Microsoft Teams is fantastic for collaboration. It enables groups of people, teams if you like to be able to communicate, collaborate on documents, hold meetings and much much more.

SQL Agent Job Overview

Using dbatools we can create a simple script to gather the results of Agent Jobs form a list of instances. Maybe it would be good to be able to get the job runs results every 12 hours so that at 6am in the morning the early-bird DBA can quickly identify if there are any failures that need immediate action and at 6pm , the team can check that everything was ok before they clock off.

Here is an example of such a script

$SqlInstances = (Get-Vm -ComputerName BEARDNUC,BEARDNUC2).Where{$_.State -eq 'Running' -and $_.Name -like '*SQL*'}.Name
$AllJobs = "
SqlInstance...|...Total...|...Successful...|...FailedJobs...|...FailedSteps...|...Canceled...     
---------------------------------------------  
"
foreach ($Instance in $SQLInstances) {
    Write-Host "Connecting to $instance"
    try{
        $smo = Connect-DbaInstance $Instance -ErrorAction Stop
        Write-Host "Connected successfully to $instance"
    }
    catch{
        Write-Host "Failed to connect to $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }

    Write-Host "Getting Agent Jobs on $instance"
    try {
        $AgentJobs = Get-DbaAgentJobHistory -SqlInstance $smo -EnableException -StartDate $startdate 
        Write-Host "Successfully got Agent Jobs on $instance"
    }
    catch {
        Write-Host "Failed to get agent jobs on $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }
    

    $jobs = $agentJobs 
    $NumberOfJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0}).Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfFailedJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0}|  Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Failed'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfFailedJobSteps = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -ne 0}|  Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Failed'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfSuccessfulJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0} | Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Succeeded'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfCanceledJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0} | Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Canceled'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")

     Write-Host "SqlInstance $Instance - Number of Jobs $NumberOfJobs - Number of Successful Jobs $NumberOfSuccessfulJobs  - Number of Failed Jobs $NumberOfFailedJobs"

    $AllJobs = $AllJobs + "$($Instance.Split('.')[0])..........<b>$NumberOfJobs</b>................<b>$NumberOfSuccessfulJobs</b>.........................<b>$NumberOfFailedJobs</b>............................<b>$NumberOfFailedJobSteps</b>..............................<b>$NumberOfCanceledJobs</b>........
"
    try{
        $smo.ConnectionContext.Disconnect()
        Write-Host "Disconnecting $instance"
    }
    catch{
        Write-Host "Failed disconnect from  $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }

}

Write-Host "Since $startdate"
Write-Host "$AllJobs"

and an example of running it.

Create a Teams Channel

If you have permissions, you can create a new Teams channel by clicking on the 3 ellipses and add channel

Then fill in the blanks

Create a Webhook Connector for the channel

Next, you need to have a connector for the channel, click on the 3 ellipses for the channel and click on connectors

Then you can choose the Incoming Webhook connector and click configure

Give the connector a name and upload an image if you wish and click create

The resulting screen will give you a URL that you can copy. If you need to find it again, then use the 3 ellipses again, click connectors and look at configured. You can then choose the webhook that you have created and click manage and you will find the URL.

Send to Teams using PowerShell

Now you can send a message to that Teams channel using PowerShell. You will need to add the webhook URL from your Teams connector

[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = { $true }
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
$webhookurl = ""

    $Text =  @"
# Here is a Title

and a message

Image is from

https://www.flickr.com/photos/157270154@N05/38494483572

Photo by CreditDebitPro
"@

    $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
        "@type"      = "MessageCard"
        "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
        "summary"    = "This is my summary"
        "themeColor" = '0078D7'
        "sections"   = @(
            @{
                "activityTitle"    = "Something Important "
                "activitySubtitle" = "I have something to say"
                "activityImage"    = "https://live.staticflickr.com/4568/38494483572_a98d623854_k.jpg"
                "text"             = $text
                "markdown"         = $true
            }
        )
    }
 
    $TeamMessageBody = ConvertTo-Json $JSONBody -Depth 100
 
    $parameters = @{
        "URI"         = $webhookurl
        "Method"      = 'POST'
        "Body"        = $TeamMessageBody
        "ContentType" = 'application/json'
    }
 
    Invoke-RestMethod @parameters

The code above will send a message that looks like this

Running as a SQL Agent Job

Now we can run this code as a SQL Agent Job and schedule it. Now, you may not be able to run that code on your SQL Server. It cannot connect to the internet, so how can we contact the Teams webhook?

There are probably a number of ways to do this but the solution that I took, was to allow a proxy account the ability to use PSRemoting and run the part of the script that connects to Teams on a different machine, that does have connectivity.

The script I used was as follows. You will need to add in the SQL Instances or better still dynamically gather them from your source of truth. You will need the webhook URL and the name of the server that can connect to Teams

$SQLInstances = 'SQL2005Ser2003','SQL2008Ser12R2','SQL2014Ser12R2','SQL2016N1','SQL2016N2','SQL2016N3','SQL2017N5','SQL2019N20','SQL2019N21','SQL2019N22','SQL2019N5'

$startdate = (Get-Date).AddHours(-12)
$webhookurl = ""
$NotifyServer = 'BeardNUC2'

$AllJobs = "
SqlInstance...|...Total...|...Successful...|...FailedJobs...|...FailedSteps...|...Canceled...     
---------------------------------------------  
"
foreach ($Instance in $SQLInstances) {
    Write-Host "Connecting to $instance"
    try{
        $smo = Connect-DbaInstance $Instance -ErrorAction Stop
        Write-Host "Connected successfully to $instance"
    }
    catch{
        Write-Host "Failed to connect to $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }

    Write-Host "Getting Agent Jobs on $instance"
    try {
        $AgentJobs = Get-DbaAgentJobHistory -SqlInstance $smo -EnableException -StartDate $startdate 
        Write-Host "Successfully got Agent Jobs on $instance"
    }
    catch {
        Write-Host "Failed to get agent jobs on $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }
    

    $jobs = $agentJobs 
    $NumberOfJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0}).Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfFailedJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0}|  Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Failed'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfFailedJobSteps = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -ne 0}|  Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Failed'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfSuccessfulJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0} | Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Succeeded'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfCanceledJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0} | Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Canceled'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")

     Write-Host "SqlInstance $Instance - Number of Jobs $NumberOfJobs - Number of Successful Jobs $NumberOfSuccessfulJobs  - Number of Failed Jobs $NumberOfFailedJobs"

    $AllJobs = $AllJobs + "$($Instance.Split('.')[0])..........<b>$NumberOfJobs</b>................<b>$NumberOfSuccessfulJobs</b>.........................<b>$NumberOfFailedJobs</b>............................<b>$NumberOfFailedJobSteps</b>..............................<b>$NumberOfCanceledJobs</b>........
"
    try{
        $smo.ConnectionContext.Disconnect()
        Write-Host "Disconnecting $instance"
    }
    catch{
        Write-Host "Failed disconnect from  $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }

}

Write-Host "Since $startdate"
Write-Host "$AllJobs"

$NotifyCommand = {
[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = { $true }
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
$webhookurl = $Using:TeamsWebhook
 
$allJobsMessage = $Using:AllJobs 
    $Text =  @"
# Overview of SQL Agent Jobs in Production since $($Using:startdate)  

$allJobsMessage
"@

    $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
        "@type"      = "MessageCard"
        "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
        "summary"    = "Overview for the last 12 hours"
        "themeColor" = '0078D7'
        "sections"   = @(
            @{
                "activityTitle"    = "Job Failures "
                "activitySubtitle" = "Overview for the last 12 hours since $($Using:startdate)"
                "activityImage"    = "https://live.staticflickr.com/4568/38494483572_a98d623854_k.jpg"
                "text"             = $allJobsMessage
                "markdown"         = $true
            }
        )
    }
 
    $TeamMessageBody = ConvertTo-Json $JSONBody -Depth 100
 
    $parameters = @{
        "URI"         = $webhookurl
        "Method"      = 'POST'
        "Body"        = $TeamMessageBody
        "ContentType" = 'application/json'
    }
 
    Invoke-RestMethod @parameters
}

$Session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $NotifyServer
Invoke-Command -Session $Session -ScriptBlock $NotifyCommand

Then, follow the steps at dbatools.io/agent to create an agent job to run the script above on an instance with the dbatools module available to the SQL Service account. Use or create a proxy with permissions on the notify server and create an Agent Job.

USE [msdb]
GO

/****** Object:  Job [I am a Job that notifies Teams]    Script Date: 27/07/2020 20:27:27 ******/
BEGIN TRANSACTION
DECLARE @ReturnCode INT
SELECT @ReturnCode = 0
/****** Object:  JobCategory [[Uncategorized (Local)]]    Script Date: 27/07/2020 20:27:28 ******/
IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT name FROM msdb.dbo.syscategories WHERE name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]' AND category_class=1)
BEGIN
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_category @class=N'JOB', @type=N'LOCAL', @name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]'
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback

END

DECLARE @jobId BINARY(16)
EXEC @ReturnCode =  msdb.dbo.sp_add_job @job_name=N'12 Hour Teams Notify', 
		@enabled=1, 
		@notify_level_eventlog=0, 
		@notify_level_email=0, 
		@notify_level_netsend=0, 
		@notify_level_page=0, 
		@delete_level=0, 
		@description=N'This job will notify Teams every 12 hours', 
		@category_name=N'[Uncategorized (Local)]', 
		@owner_login_name=N'THEBEARD\SQL_SVC', @job_id = @jobId OUTPUT
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback

/****** Object:  Step [Notify Teams]    Script Date: 27/07/2020 20:27:28 ******/
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobstep @job_id=@jobId, @step_name=N'Notify Teams', 
		@step_id=1, 
		@cmdexec_success_code=0, 
		@on_success_action=1, 
		@on_success_step_id=0, 
		@on_fail_action=2, 
		@on_fail_step_id=0, 
		@retry_attempts=0, 
		@retry_interval=0, 
		@os_run_priority=0, @subsystem=N'CmdExec', 
		@command=N'powershell.exe -File C:\temp\AgentJobs\NotifyTeams.ps1', 
		@flags=0, 
		@proxy_name=N'TheBeardIsMighty'
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_update_job @job_id = @jobId, @start_step_id = 1
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
EXEC @ReturnCode = msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobserver @job_id = @jobId, @server_name = N'(local)'
IF (@@ERROR <> 0 OR @ReturnCode <> 0) GOTO QuitWithRollback
COMMIT TRANSACTION
GOTO EndSave
QuitWithRollback:
    IF (@@TRANCOUNT > 0) ROLLBACK TRANSACTION
EndSave:
GO


When the job runs

The results are posted to the Teams Channel

If you can run the Agent Job on a machine that can connect to Teams and your SQL Instances then you can remove the need to use a remote session by using this code

$SQLInstances = 'SQL2005Ser2003','SQL2008Ser12R2','SQL2014Ser12R2','SQL2016N1','SQL2016N2','SQL2016N3','SQL2017N5','SQL2019N20','SQL2019N21','SQL2019N22','SQL2019N5'

$startdate = (Get-Date).AddHours(-12)
$webhookurl = ""


# Import-Module 'C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\dbatools\1.0.107\dbatools.psd1'
$AllJobs = "
SqlInstance...|...Total...|...Successful...|...FailedJobs...|...FailedSteps...|...Canceled...     
---------------------------------------------  
"
foreach ($Instance in $SQLInstances) {
    Write-Host "Connecting to $instance"
    try{
        $smo = Connect-DbaInstance $Instance -ErrorAction Stop
        Write-Host "Connected successfully to $instance"
    }
    catch{
        Write-Host "Failed to connect to $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }

    Write-Host "Getting Agent Jobs on $instance"
    try {
        $AgentJobs = Get-DbaAgentJobHistory -SqlInstance $smo -EnableException -StartDate $startdate 
        Write-Host "Successfully got Agent Jobs on $instance"
    }
    catch {
        Write-Host "Failed to get agent jobs on $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }
    

    $jobs = $agentJobs 
    $NumberOfJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0}).Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfFailedJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0}|  Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Failed'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfFailedJobSteps = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -ne 0}|  Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Failed'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfSuccessfulJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0} | Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Succeeded'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")
    $NumberOfCanceledJobs = ($Jobs |Where-Object {$PSitem.StepId -eq 0} | Where-Object {$PSItem.Status -eq 'Canceled'}).StepName.Count.ToString("00")

     Write-Host "SqlInstance $Instance - Number of Jobs $NumberOfJobs - Number of Successful Jobs $NumberOfSuccessfulJobs  - Number of Failed Jobs $NumberOfFailedJobs"

    $AllJobs = $AllJobs + "$($Instance.Split('.')[0])..........<b>$NumberOfJobs</b>................<b>$NumberOfSuccessfulJobs</b>.........................<b>$NumberOfFailedJobs</b>............................<b>$NumberOfFailedJobSteps</b>..............................<b>$NumberOfCanceledJobs</b>........
"
    try{
        $smo.ConnectionContext.Disconnect()
        Write-Host "Disconnecting $instance"
    }
    catch{
        Write-Host "Failed disconnect from  $Instance" 
        $errorMessage = $_ | Out-String
        Write-Host $errorMessage
        Continue
    }

}

Write-Host "Since $startdate"
Write-Host "$AllJobs"

[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = { $true }
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
 
$allJobsMessage = $AllJobs 
    $Text =  @"
# Overview of SQL Agent Jobs in Production since $($startdate)  

$allJobsMessage
"@

    $JSONBody = [PSCustomObject][Ordered]@{
        "@type"      = "MessageCard"
        "@context"   = "http://schema.org/extensions"
        "summary"    = "Overview for the last 12 hours"
        "themeColor" = '0078D7'
        "sections"   = @(
            @{
                "activityTitle"    = "Job Results "
                "activitySubtitle" = "Overview for the last 12 hours since $($startdate)"
                "activityImage"    = "https://live.staticflickr.com/4568/38494483572_a98d623854_k.jpg"
                "text"             = $allJobsMessage
                "markdown"         = $true
            }
        )
    }
 
    $TeamMessageBody = ConvertTo-Json $JSONBody -Depth 100
 
    $parameters = @{
        "URI"         = $webhookurl
        "Method"      = 'POST'
        "Body"        = $TeamMessageBody
        "ContentType" = 'application/json'
    }
 
    Invoke-RestMethod @parameters

Happy automating!

Using Secret Management module to run SSMS, VS Code and Azure Data Studio as another user

Following on from my last post about the Secret Management module. I was asked another question.

> Can I use this to run applications as my admin account?

A user with a beard

It is good practice to not log into your work station with an account with admin privileges. In many shops, you will need to open applications that can do administration tasks with another set of account credentials.

Unfortunately, people being people, they will often store their admin account credentials in a less than ideal manner (OneNote, Notepad ++ etc) to make it easier for them, so that when they right click and run as a different user, they can copy and paste the password.

Use the Secret Management module

Again, I decided to use a notebook to show this as it is a fantastic way to share code and results and because it means that anyone can try it out.

The notebook may not render on a mobile device.

Using the notebook, I can quickly store my admin password safely and open and run the applications using the credential

Use Jupyter Notebooks to Help People on StackOverFlow

I am sat in the PowerShell Saturday in Hamburg. You can see me on the right of this picture writing my previous blog post!

I was talking with my friend Mathias Jessen @IISResetMe on Twitter about notebooks and he said that another great use case was to use them on Stack OverFlow

Now Mathias is an active answerer on Stack OverFlow

and he puts a lot of effort into writing his answers, formatting them, including code and results. Basically exactly the same as a Notebook. However, with a Notebook, you can enable people to run the code as well on their own machines.

Mathias says he will use notebooks to help people when he answers their PowerShell questions on Stack OverFlow. If you are a Stack OverFlow Answerer then you can too.

How to fork a GitHub repository and contribute to an open source project

I enjoying maintaining open source GitHub repositories such as dbachecks and ADSNotebook. I absolutely love it when people add more functionality to them.

To collaborate with a repository in GitHub you need to follow these steps

  • Fork the repository into your own GitHub
  • Clone the repository to your local machine
  • Create a new branch for your changes
  • Make some changes and commit them with useful messages
  • Push the changes to your repository
  • Create a Pull Request from your repository back to the original one

You will need to have git.exe available which you can download and install from https://git-scm.com/downloads if required

Fork the repository into your own GitHub

A fork is a copy of the original repository. This allows you to make changes without affecting the original project. It does not get updated when the original project gets updated (We will talk about that in the next post) This enables you to code a new feature or a bug fix, test it locally and make sure it is working.

Let’s take dbachecks as our example. Start by going to the project in GiHub. In this case the URL is https://github.com/sqlcollaborative/dbachecks You will see a Fork button at the top right of the page

When you click the button the repository is copied into your own GitHub account

The page will open at https://github.com/YOURGITHUBUSERNAME/NameOfRepository in this case https://github.com/SQLDBAWithABeard/dbachecks You will be able to see that it is a fork of the original repository at the top of the page

Clone the repository to your local machine

Forking the repository has created a remote repository stored on the GitHub servers. Now that the repository has been forked you need to clone it to your local machine to create a local repository so that you can start coding your amazing fix. When you have finished you can then sync it back to your remote repository ready for a Pull Request back to the original repository.

In your browser, at your remote repository that you just created (https://github.com/YOURGITHUBUSERNAME/NameOfRepository if you have closed the page) click on Clone or Download and then the icon to the right to copy the url

You can clone your repository in VS Code or Azure Data Studio by clicking F1 or CTRL + SHIFT + P in Windows or Linux and β‡§βŒ˜P or F1 on a Mac

then start typing clone until you see Git:Clone and press enter or click

Paste in the URL that you just copied and click enter. A dialog will open asking you to select a folder. This is the parent directory where your local repository will be created. The clone will create a directory for your repository so you do not need to. I suggest that you use a folder called GitHub or something similar to place all of the repositories that you are going to clone and create.

When it has finished it will ask you if you wish to open the repository

if you click Open it will close anything that you have already got opened and open the folder. If you click Add to Workspace it will add the folder to the workspace and leave everything you already had open as it was and surprisingly clicking Open in New Window will open the folder in a new instance of Visual Studio Code or Azure Data Studio!

and you will also be able to see the local repository files on your computer

You can clone the repository at the command line if you wish by navigating to your local GitHub directory and running git clone TheURLYouCopied

Now your local repository has been created, it’s time to do your magic coding.

Create a new branch for your changes

It is a good idea to create a branch for your amazing new feature This enables you to work on coding for that feature in isolation. It has the added advantage that if you mess it right royally up, you can just delete that branch and start again with a new one!

To create a branch in VS Code or Azure Data Studio you can click on the branch name at the bottom left.

Or open the Command Palette and type Branch until you see Git: Create Branch

You will be prompted for a branch name

I like to choose a name that relates to the code that I am writing like configurable_engine or removeerroringexample You can see the name of the branch in the bottom left so that you always know which branch you are working on.

The icon shows that the branch is only local and hasn’t been pushed (published) to the remote repository yet

Make some changes and commit them with useful messages

Now you can start writing your code for your awesome new feature, bug fix or maybe just documentation improvement. Keep your commits small and give them useful commit messages that explain why you have made the change as the diff tooling will be able to show what change you have made

Write your code or change the documentation, save the file and in Visual Studio Code or Azure Data Studio you will see that the source control icon has a number on it

Clicking on the icon will show the files that have changes ready

You can write your commit message in the box and click CTRL + ENTER to commit your changes with a message

If you want to do this at the command line, you can use git status to see which files have changes

You will need to git add .or git add .\pathtofile to stage your changes ready for committing and then git commit -m 'Commit Message' to commit them

Notice that I did exactly what I just said not to do! A better commit message would have been So that people can find the guide to forking and creating a PR

Push the changes to your repository

You only have the changes that you have made in your local repository on your computer. Now you need to push those changes to Github your remote repository. You can click on the publish icon

You will get a pop-up asking you if you wish to stage your changes. I click Yes and never Always so that I can use this prompt as a sanity check that I am doing the right thing

At the command line you can push the branch, if you do that, you will have to tell git where the branch needs to go. If you just type git push it will helpfully tell you

fatal: The current branch AwesomeNewFeature has no upstream branch.
To push the current branch and set the remote as upstream, use

    git push --set-upstream origin AwesomeNewFeature

So you will need to use that command

You can see in the bottom left that the icon has changed

and if you read the output of the git push command you will see what the next step is also.

Create a Pull Request from your repository back to the original one

You can CTRL click the link in the git push output if you have pushed from the command line or if you visit either you repository or the original repository in your browser you will see that there is a Compare and Pull Request button

You click that and let GitHub do its magic

and it will create a Pull Request for you ready for you to fill in the required information, ask for reviewers and other options. Once you have done that you can click Create pull request and wait for the project maintainer to review it and (hopefully) accept it into their project

You can find the Pull Request that I created here https://github.com/sqlcollaborative/dbachecks/pull/720 and see how the rest of this blog post was created.

If you make more changes to the code in the same branch in your local repository and push them, they will automatically be added to this Pull Request whilst it is open. You can do this if the maintainer or reviewer asks for changes.

Shane has asked for a change

So I can go to my local repository in Azure Data Studio and make the requested change and save the file. If I look in the source control in Azure Data Studio I can again see there is a change waiting to be committed and if I click on the name of the file I can open the diff tool to see what the change was

Once I am happy with my change I can commit it again in the same way as before either in the editor or at the command line. The icon at the bottom will change to show that I have one commit in my local repository waiting to be pushed

To do the same thing at the command line I can type git status and see the same thing.

I can then push my change to my remote repository either in the GUI or by using git push

and it will automatically be added to the Pull Request as you can see

Now that the required changes for the review have been made, the review has been approved by Shane and the pull request is now ready to be merged. (You can also see that dbachecks runs some checks against the code when a Pull Request is made)

Many, many thanks to Shane b | t who helped with the writing of this post even whilst on a “no tech” holiday.

Go Ahead – Contribute to an Open Source Project

Hopefully you can now see how easy it is to create a fork of a GitHub repository, clone it to your own machine and contribute. There are many open source projects that you can contribute to.

You can use this process to contribute to the Microsoft Docs for example by clicking on the edit button on any page.

You can contribute other open source projects like

or go and find the the ones that you use and can help with.

Fixing the ‘Failed to generate the compressed file for module ‘C:\Program Files\dotnet\dotnet.exe’ error when deploying to the PowerShell Gallery using Azure DevOps

The PowerShell module for validating your SQL Server estate dbachecks is deployed via Azure DevOps, you can see how it is working (or not) via this link

Grrr Automation for the Lose!

Until recently, this had worked successfully. In the last few weeks I have been receiving errors

 Exception : Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.WriteErrorException: Failed to generate the compressed file for module 'C:\Program Files\dotnet\dotnet.exe failed to pack: error 
 C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk\3.0.100\Sdks\NuGet.Build.Tasks.Pack\build\NuGet.Build.Tasks.Pack.targets(198,5): error : 
2 Index was outside the bounds of the array. 
 [C:\Users\VssAdministrator\AppData\Local\Temp\cbc14ba6-5832-46fd-be89-04bb552a83ac\Temp.csproj]
'.
At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\2.2.1\PSModule.psm1:10944 char:17
20       Publish-PSArtifactUtility @PublishPSArtifactUtility_Param ...
              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (:) [Write-Error], WriteErrorException
2019-11-25T22:44:46.8459493Z     + FullyQualifiedErrorId : FailedToCreateCompressedModule,Publish-PSArtifactUtility

You can see these errors in the release pipeline logs here

Confusion

This was very frustrating as it was stopping the continuous delivery to the PowerShell Gallery. It was even more confusing as I was successfully deploying the ADSNotebook module to the gallery using the same method as you can see here.

Raise an Issue on GitHub

I went and looked at the PowerShellGet GitHub repository and opened an issue I also found another issue regarding Required Modules

But this doesnt help to get dbachecks released.

Just Try to Make it Work

I asked the wonderful folk in the PowerShell Slack channel – Through the magic of automation, you can also interact with them via the powershellhelp channel in the SQL Server Slack as well but there were no answers that could assist.

So I had to go searching for an answer. PowerShellGet uses nuget for package management. I found that if I downloaded an earlier version and placed it in my user profile (in the right location) I could publish the module.

I found this out by removing the nuget.exe from anywhere useful on the machine and trying to publish the module. The error message says

NuGet.exe upgrade is required to continue
This version of PowerShellGet requires minimum version '4.1.0' of NuGet.exe to publish an item to the NuGet-based repositories. NuGet.exe must be available in 
'C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell\PowerShellGet\' or 'C:\Users\BeardyMcBeardFace\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell\PowerShellGet\', or under 
one of the paths specified in PATH environment variable value. NuGet.exe can be downloaded from https://aka.ms/psget-nugetexe. For more information, see 
https://aka.ms/installing-powershellget . Do you want PowerShellGet to upgrade to the latest version of NuGet.exe now?

If I said yes then I got the latest version and the error continued.

However, on my laptop I can go to the nuget downloads page and download an earlier version and place it in one of those paths then I could publish the module.

Can I Automate it?

I would rather not have to deploy manually though, and as I use hosted agents my access to the operating system is limited so I wondered if I could place the nuget.exe in the user profile and it would get used or if it would look for the the latest one. Turns out it uses the one in the user profile πŸ™‚

So now I have this code as a step in my Azure DevOps Release pipeline before calling Publish-Module and we have automated the releases again.

and now deployments to the PowerShell Gallery are just triggered by the build and the pipeline is green again πŸ™‚

Dynamically Creating Azure Data Studio Notebooks with PowerShell for an Incident Response Index Notebook

Now that Azure Data Studio has PowerShell Notebooks and there is a PowerShell Module for creating notebooks. I have been asked, more than once, what is the point? What is the use case? How does this help. I hope that this post will spark some ideas of one particular use-case.

I showed my silly example PowerShell code to create a PowerShell Notebook that created a PowerShell Notebook to my good friend Nick.

Nick is a fantastic, clever DBA who isn’t active on social media, which is a great shame as if he had time to share some of his fantastic work we would all benefit. He looked at that code and less than an hour later, came back to me with this code and idea which I have replicated here with his permission.

Thanks Nick.

The Use Case

The use case that Nick has is that he is converting some troubleshooting runbooks from their original locations (you know the sort of places – Sharepoint Docs, OneNote Notebooks, Shared Folders, the desktop of the Bastion Host) into a single repository of Azure Data Studio SQL or PowerShell Notebooks.

The idea is to have a single entry point into the troubleshooting steps and for the on-call DBA to create a Notebook from a template for the issue at hand which could be attached to an incident in the incident management solution. I suppose you could call it an Index Notebook.

Work Flow

When the DBA (or another team) opens this Notebook, they can choose the task that they are going to perform and click the link which will

  • copy the Notebook to the local machine
  • Rename the Notebook with the username and date
  • Open it ready for the work.

Once the work has been completed, the DBA can then attach the Notebook to the task or incident that has been created or use it in the Wash-Up/ Post Incident meeting.

This ensures that the original template notebook stays intact and unchanged and it is easy (which is always good when you are called out at 3am!) to create a uniquely named notebook .

Azure DevOps

Nick has placed this code into the deploy step in Azure DevOps which will deploy the template Notebooks from source control into the common folder and then this code will dynamically create the index Notebook each time there is a release.

Whilst the initial use case is incident response, this could easily be adapted for Notebooks used for Common Tasks or Run Books.

Notebooks

There are a number of Notebooks for different issue stored in directories. For this post, I have used the Notebooks from Microsoft that explain SQL 2019 features and troubleshooting which you can find in their GitHub repositories by following this link

The Azure DevOps deploys the Notebooks to a directory which then looks something like this

Some directories of Notebooks in a directory

Create an Index Notebook

Here is the code to create an index Notebook

This creates a Notebook in the root of the folder. It also uses the new -Collapse parameter in New-AdsNoteBookCell that creates the code blocks with the code collapsed so that it looks neater. The index Notebook looks like this in the root of the folder

Three O’Clock in the Morning

It’s 3am and I have been called out. I can open up the Index Notebook, find the set of queries I want to run and click the run button.

A new workbook opens up, named with my name and the time and I can get to work πŸ™‚ I think it’s neat.

Here’s a video

Thanks Nick.

Maybe you can find him at SQL Bits next year. Did you know that SQL Bits 2020 was announced?

Check out https://sqlbits.com for more details

Create Azure Data Studio SQL Notebooks with PowerShell

At PASS Summit today I gave a presentation about SQL Notebooks in Azure Data Studio for the DBA. I demo’d the PowerShell module ADSSQLNotebook.

which you can also find on GitHub (where I will be glad to take PR’s to improve it πŸ™‚ )

This module has 3 functions

This module contains only 3 commands at present

  • Convert-ADSPowerShellForMarkdown

This will create the markdown link for embedding PowerShell code in a Text Cell for a SQL Notebook as described in this blog post

  • New-ADSWorkBookCell

This command will create a workbook text cell or a code cell for adding to the New-ADSWorkBook command

  • New-ADSWorkBook

This will create a new SQL Notebook using the cell objects created by New-ADSWorkBookCell

Usage

Convert-ADSPowerShellForMarkdown

Convert-ADSPowerShellForMarkdown -InputText "Get-ChildItem" -LinkText 'This will list the files' -ToClipBoard

Converts the PowerShell so that it works with MarkDown and sets it to the clipboard for pasting into a workbook cell

New-ADSWorkBookCell

$introCelltext = "# Welcome to my Auto Generated Notebook

## Automation
Using this we can automate the creation of notebooks for our use
"
$Intro = New-ADSWorkBookCell -Type Text -Text $introCelltext

Creates an Azure Data Studio Text cell and sets it to a variable for passing to  New-AdsWorkBook

New-ADSWorkBook

$introCelltext = "# Welcome to my Auto     Generated Notebook

## Automation
Using this we can automate the creation of notebooks for our use
"
$SecondCelltext = "## Running code
The next cell will have some code in it for running

## Server Principals
Below is the code to run against your     instance to find the server principals that are enabled"

$thirdcelltext = "SELECT Name
FROM sys.server_principals
WHERE is_disabled = 0"
$Intro = New-ADSWorkBookCell -Type Text -Text $introCelltext
$second = New-ADSWorkBookCell -Type Text  -Text $SecondCelltext
$third = New-ADSWorkBookCell -Type Code -Text $thirdcelltext

$path = 'C:\temp\AutoGenerated.ipynb'
New-ADSWorkBook -Path $path -cells $Intro,$second,$third

Creates 3 cells with New-AdsWorkBookCells to add to the workbook,
two text ones and a code one, then creates a SQL Notebook with
those cells and saves it as     C:\temp\AutoGenerated.ipynb

Installation

You can install this Module from the PowerShell Gallery using

Install-Module ADSNotebook

Compatability

This module has been tested on Windows PowerShell 5.1, PowerShell Core 6 and PowerShell 7 on Windows 10 and Ubuntu

Demo

My current VS Code Extensions and using a workspace file

I have been asked a couple of times recently what my Visual Studio Code extensions are at the moment so I thought I would write a quick post and also look at workspaces and how you can enable and disable extensions within them

Listing Extensions

From the command line you can list your extensions using

code --list-extensions
code-insiders --list-extensions

My list looks like this

You can also see them in the view on the left of default Visual Studio Code and open them with CTRL + SHIFT + X (unless like me you have Snaggit installed and it has taken that shortcut

Installing Extensions

You can install extensions by opening the Extensions view in Visual Studio Code and searching for the extension. The list I have below has the precise names for each extension which you can use to search

You can also install extensions from the command-line with

code --install-extension <extensionid>
code-insiders --install-extension <extensionid>

My Extensions

I am going to list these in alphabetical order by display name for ease (my ease that is!)

Because Chrissy LeMaire and I are writing dbatools in a Month of Lunches using AsciiDoc, it makes sense to have an extension enabling previewing and syntax, you can find it here

For interacting with Azure I use the Azure Account Extension – ms-vscode.azure-account

I use Azure CLI so I make use of the functionality of the Azure CLI Tools extension ms-vscode.azurecli

For interacting with Azure Repos I use the ms-vsts.team extension

When creating ARM templates, this extension is very useful msazurermtools.azurerm-vscode-tools

I have a few theme extensions, this one is for fun in demos πŸ˜‰ beardedbear.beardedtheme

The blackboard theme is my default one gerane.theme-blackboard

Chasing closing brackets is much easier with the Bracket Pair Colorixer, I use the beta version coenraads.bracket-pair-colorizer-2

I am rubbish at spelling and typing so I use this to help point out the issues! streetsidesoftware.code-spell-checker

Using the Docker extension adds another view to Visual Studio Code to ease working with containers ms-azuretools.vscode-docker

As an open-source project maintainer it is good to be able to work with GitHub pull requests without leaving Visual Studio Code github.vscode-pull-request-githubPreview

GitLens is absolutely invaluable when working with source control. It has so many features. This is an absolute must eamodio.gitlens

Working with Kubernetes? This extension adds another view for interacting with your cluster ms-kubernetes-tools.vscode-kubernetes-tools

Visual Studio Live Share enables you to collaborate in real-time in Visual Studio Code with your colleagues or friends. I blogged about this here ms-vsliveshare.vsliveshare

I love writing markdown and this linter assists me to ensure that my markdown is correct davidanson.vscode-markdownlint

The Material Icon Theme ensures that there are pretty icons in my editor! pkief.material-icon-theme

I have both the PowerShell extension ms-vscode.powershell and the PowerShell preview extension ms-vscode.powershell-preview installed but only one can be enabled at a time

This suite of extensions enables easy remote development so that you can develop your PowerShell scripts, for example, inside a ubuntu container running PowerShell 7 or inside Windows Subsystem for LInux ms-vscode-remote.vscode-remote-extensionpackPreview

Writing for cross-platform means looking out for line endings and this extension will display them and any whitespace in your editor medo64.render-crlf

An absolutely essential extension which enables me to backup all of my Visual Studio Code settings, shortcuts, extensions into a GitHub gist and keep all of my machines feeling the same. shan.code-settings-sync

For working with SQL Server within Visual Studio Code and having a view for my instances as well as a linter and intellisense I use ms-mssql.mssql

Yaml files and spaces! I no longer get so confused with this extension to help me πŸ™‚ redhat.vscode-yaml

Workspaces

Now that is a lot of extensions and I dont need all of them everytime. I use workspaces to help with this. I will create a workspace file for the project I am working on.

I open or create the folders I will be working on and then click File and Save Workspace As and save the file in the root of the folder.

Now, the next time I want to open the workspace, I can open the workspace file or if I open the folder Visual Studio Code will helpfully prompt me

Now I can have all of my settings retained for that workspace

For this folder, I am ensuring that the PowerShell extension uses the PSScriptAnalyzer Settings file that I have created so that it will show if the code is compatible with the versions of PowerShell I have chosen. I can define settings for a workspace in the settings file, which you can open using CTRL and ,

But I can also enable or disable extensions for a workspace

So everytime I open this workspace I am only loading the extensions I want

PowerShell Notebooks in Azure Data Studio

The latest release of the insiders edition of Azure Data Studio brings the first edition of PowerShell Notebooks!

You can download the latest insiders edition from the link above, it can be installed alongside the stable release.

To access many of the commands available use F1 to open the command palette (like many of my tips this also works in Visual Studio Code). You can then start typing to get the command that you want.

You can then hit enter with the command that you want highlighted, use the mouse or use the shortcut which is displayed to the right.

In a new notebook, you can click the drop down next to kernel and now you can see that PowerShell is available

When you choose the PowerShell kernel, you will get a prompt asking you to configure the Python installation

If you have Python already installed you can browse to the location that it is installed or you can install Python. In the bottom pane you will be able to see the progress of the installation.

When it has completed, you will see

You may also get a prompt asking if you would like to upgrade some packages

Again this will be displayed in the tasks pane

Adding PowerShell


To add PowerShell Code to the notebook click the Code button at the top of the file

or the one you can find by highlighting above or below a block

I did not have intellisense, but you can easily write your code in Azure Data Studio or Visual Studio Code and paste it in the block.

Interestingly Shawn Melton ( t ) did

This was because he had the PowerShell extension installed and I did not (I know !!)
If you find you dont have intellisense then install the PowerShell extension!

Clicking the play button (which is only visible when you hover the mouse over it) will run the code

You can clear the results from every code block using the clear results button at the top

Otherwise, you can save the results with the Notebook by saving it. This is the part that is missing from running PowerShell in the Markdown blocks in a SQL Notebook as I described here

I am looking forward to how this develops. You can find my sample PowerShell notebook (with the code results) here