SQL Diagnostic Manager PowerShell integration allows you to make mass changes to your SQL Diagnostic Manager configuration across multiple SQL Server instances in a few lines of text, saving you time.

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Install the SQL Diagnostic Manager provider for PowerShell

The SQLDM Provider is installed automatically with SQL Diagnostic Manager. To use SQL Diagnostic Manager snapin, you have to enable the provider and register the SQLDM drive.

PowerShell 3.0 or higher is required to use the PowerShell snap-in.

To enable the provider, type the following within PowerShell:

add-pssnapin sqldmsnapin

To verify your snapin is registered:


To register the SQLdm drive, type the following within PowerShell:

New-SQLdmDrive dm [Server] [Repository]

For example:

New-SQLdmDrive dm PUL-FF-W2K8X64S\SQL2012_BI SQLdmRepository

Creates a new SQL Diagnostic Manager drive called 'dm' that is connected to the SQLdmRepository database on the PUL-FF-W2K8X64S\SQL2012_BI SQL Server using Windows Authentication.

PowerShell help

To receive general help, type the following within PowerShell:


To display a list of cmdlets for the SQL Diagnostic Manager snapin:

get-help sqldm

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