Query a SQL Database with PowerShell

You can query a SQL database using PowerShell’s Invoke-Sqlcmd cmdlet. This cmdlet is included as part of the Sqlps module, which is installed on a computer by running SQL setup. If you need to load the module, use this command:
Import-Module "sqlps" -DisableNameChecking
Note: Including DisableNameChecking suppresses the warning about Encode-Sqlname and Decode-Sqlname.

In this example, we are querying a database with a list of computers and their operating system. You can run most queries this way.

SQL Query with PowerShell

SQL Query with PowerShell

$ServerName = 'YourServerNameGoesHere' #Include \instancename if you are not on the default instance.
Invoke-Sqlcmd -ServerInstance $ServerName -Database misc -Query `
'select OperatingSystem, count(*) as Total from computerlist
group by OperatingSystem
order by OperatingSystem'

Make sure you put your SQL server’s name in the $ServerName variable, and include the instance name if you are not on the default instance. This screenshot shows the results of the query above on my database.

SQL Query with PowerShell Results

SQL Query with PowerShell Results

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