Hands off dbatools updates

I really like the dbatools project. This is a series of PowerShell cmdlets that are built by the community and incredibly useful for migrations between SQL Servers, but also for various administrative actions. I have a short series on these items.

One of the downsides of an active project is that updates happen often. I know when I’m working with new versions of Redgate tools, they’ll deliver new builds to me every day if I want them (I usually don’t).

With dbatools, I find a similar issue, though at a slightly longer scale. I’ll see a tweet or post about a new cmdlet, only to find out that I don’t have the newest version. As a result, I need to update my modules, which means I need an elevated command window, which is distracting.

I saw a post about someone that built a SQL Agent task to update their server, which I was thinking to do until Anthony Nocentino pointed out Watch-DbaUpdate.


There’s actually a cmdlet that does what I want. It’s Install-DbaWatchUpdate, and it’s designed to setup a scheduled task that calls Watch-DbaUpdate and updates the module. That’s what I want, so I decided to check it out.

First, I looked at Scheduled Tasks. In Windows 10, this is the Task Scheduler from the Start menu, and surprisingly, lots of software uses this. Google, Adobe, Microsoft, etc.

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I then tried the –WhatIf parameter for Install-DbaWatchUpdate, but it didn’t work. I know this is a fun cmdlet, but this should work.

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In any case, let me just run it. I don’t get much detail back.

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If I refresh scheduled tasks, I see a dbatools version check.

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If you look at the details, this is triggered at midnight and runs once an hour. The PoSh executable is called and it in turn calls the Watch-DbaUpdate cmdlet, which checks for a new version and should let me know if there are updates. Since I’m at the latest version, I’ll have to see if this works.

So far, so good.

I even tested the Uninstall-DbaWatchUpdate and it does remove the task.

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1 Response to Hands off dbatools updates

  1. Eugene says:

    Hi Steve, this is very useful thanks a lot for sharing – Eugene


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