WE DID IT! Microsoft Fixed Those 3 SQLPS Issues in SQL Server 2016

In my previous blog post “Can We Get These 3 SQLPS Issues Fixed before SQL Server 2016 RTMs?“, Aaron Nelson and I asked the SQL and PowerShell community to help upvote 3 SQL Connect items. The items addressed three problems with SQL Server’s PowerShell module, SQLPS.

  • It took 3-5 seconds to load
  • It changed the present working directory when loaded
  • It produced approved verb warnings when loaded

Today, Microsoft responded, letting everyone know that the issues were addressed in SQL Server Management Studio March 2016 Refresh.

That is absolutely amazing! Your 243 combined upvotes helped this happen:

Check that out! Fixed verbs + backwards compatibility. No changing of the present working directory. And SQLPS now loads in 0.22 seconds instead of 5 seconds.

But wait, there’s more!

Microsoft’s “SQL Tools Guy” Ken Van Hyning left the following comment in the previous post:

  Please keep the connect bugs and suggestions coming. We are working on making more improvements to SQLPS in the months ahead.  

You saw that right! Microsoft is working on SQLPS! And they want to know what needs fixing.

Let Them Know What’s Broken in SQLPS

The best way to let the SQL Server Team know what you’d like addressed is by using SQL Server’s Connect Feedback page. To file a bug or suggestion, click the link, then search to see if your bug has already been submitted. If not, click the Submit feedback button, and fill it out.


We found that effective bug and suggestion reports include the following if at all possible

  • Why the issue matters
    • “Slow load times decrease adoption rates”
  • A solution if at all possible
    • “Remove line 7 and replace with XYZ because it is a more efficient call”
  • Address potential concerns
    • “Backwards compatibility can be addressed by using aliases for the unapproved verbs.”

Of course, this is just a suggestion. It’s what worked well for us. Oh, and if you haven’t already, please upvote the request for Microsoft to Open Source SQLPS by putting it on GitHub, and publishing it to the PowerShell Gallery.

And finally, thank you to everyone Microsoft that helped make this happen!

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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2 comments on “WE DID IT! Microsoft Fixed Those 3 SQLPS Issues in SQL Server 2016
  1. Rahul says:

    Can you please try if the following issue still persists ?


    It’s in Backup-SQLDatabase cmdlet in SQLPS module. It has been ‘closed as duplicate’ but I guess the issue persists.

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