Apologies if this is ambiguous. In an environment with a small number of servers it is relatively easy to install and maintain stored procedures, etc. I normally build up some stored procedures to notify by DB mail when there are events that I should be aware of, maybe build some triggers to notify when there are new databases in the system.
How do I build, deploy and maintain these kind of objects in an environment with a large number of servers where it becomes impossible to do so individually.
Secondly, we use log forwarding on all individual servers except for the central management server, and only have DB mail active on the central management server. How can I return relevant results to the DBAs when I can’t use DB Mail?
A couple months ago I wrote this script that can execute through SQLCMD your dynamic SQL on a comma-delimited-list of servers.
Note that you have to copy/paste the result into a new window in SSMS, then change it to SQLCMD mode, remove any non-SQL lines, and then execute.
I’ve used this a few times and it works. It’s not a shrink-wrapped, commercial deployment tool, but it will work.
My first use case that inspired this script is that I inherited a bunch of servers from another DBA, but their email address was still in some of the Agent Operators. Instead of searching through every server for that person’s email address and updating it to my own, I wrote this script to automate the process. The dynamic SQL can be adapted to any purpose.
Be sure to test this very carefully.
/* This script will create a TSQL script that you can run separately in SQLCMD mode. Steps: 1. Skip this: Create the function SplitString with the commented-out script below. 2. Edit @Servers with a comma delimted list of your servers. 3. Edit @SearchVariable1 and @SearchVariable2 with the search variables. If you want to search for only 1 string, then make both variables that string. For example 'kanjana', which is part of the name of the DBA who had this set of servers before me. You can add more SearchVariableN variables. Edit the dynamic SQL statement. 4. Edit the dynamic SQL to do whatever you need. 5. Copy and paste the result into a new window, specify Query | SQLCMD mode, and execute. Remove any non-TSQL lines, such as '(1 row affected)' 6. If logical, you can re-run the script to check the results. */ USE MSDB GO IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE id = object_id(N'SplitString') AND xtype IN (N'TF')) DROP FUNCTION SplitString -- SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE id = object_id(N'SplitString') GO CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[SplitString] ( @Input NVARCHAR(MAX), @Character CHAR(1)=',' ) RETURNS @Output TABLE ( Item NVARCHAR(1000) ) AS BEGIN DECLARE @StartIndex INT, @EndIndex INT SET @StartIndex = 1 IF SUBSTRING(@Input, LEN(@Input) - 1, LEN(@Input)) <> @Character BEGIN SET @Input = @Input + @Character END WHILE CHARINDEX(@Character, @Input) > 0 BEGIN SET @EndIndex = CHARINDEX(@Character, @Input) INSERT INTO @Output(Item) SELECT SUBSTRING(@Input, @StartIndex, @EndIndex - 1) SET @Input = SUBSTRING(@Input, @EndIndex + 1, LEN(@Input)) END RETURN END GO -- User configuration variables: DECLARE @Servers VARCHAR(MAX) = '' DECLARE @SearchVariable1 VARCHAR(MAX) = '' DECLARE @SearchVariable2 VARCHAR(MAX) = '' -- ************ Edit these variables: SET @Servers = @Servers + 'server1,server2,server3,server4' SET @SearchVariable1 = 'person1' SET @SearchVariable2 = 'person2' -- ************ -- other variables: DECLARE @ThisServer VARCHAR(100) DECLARE @SQL VARCHAR(MAX) = '' DECLARE @B CHAR(2) = CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) DECLARE MyCursor CURSOR FOR SELECT * FROM dbo.SplitString(@Servers,',') OPEN MyCursor FETCH NEXT FROM MyCursor INTO @ThisServer WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0 BEGIN -- PRINT @ThisServer SET @SQL = @SQL + ':CONNECT ' + @ThisServer + @B SET @SQL = @SQL + 'SELECT ''' + @ThisServer + ''' AS [Server] ' + @B SET @SQL = @SQL + 'SELECT * FROM msdb.dbo.sysoperators ' + @B + 'WHERE email_address LIKE ''%' + @SearchVariable1 + '%''' + @B + 'OR email_address LIKE ''%' + @SearchVariable2 + '%''' SET @SQL = @SQL + @B + 'GO' + @B + @B -- Use this to update the operator. This only works when there is only one email address for the operator. -- ToDo: adapt this to replace the email address within a list. --SET @SQL = @SQL + -- 'USE [msdb] ' + @B + -- 'GO ' + @B + -- 'EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_update_operator @name=N''DFK_Team'', @enabled=1, @email_address=Nemail@example.com''' + @B + -- 'GO ' --SET @SQL = @SQL + @B + @B FETCH NEXT FROM MyCursor INTO @ThisServer END PRINT @SQL CLOSE MyCursor DEALLOCATE MyCursor IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE id = object_id(N'SplitString') AND xtype IN (N'TF')) DROP FUNCTION SplitString