How To List SQL Server Instances In PowerShell

How To List SQL Server Instances In PowerShell

How? As easy as running the code below.

[System.Data.Sql.SqlDataSourceEnumerator]::Instance.GetDataSources() | Format-Table -Auto

And you’ll be presented with something like this (shown names are fake, of course):

ServerName InstanceName IsClustered Version
---------- ------------ ----------- -------
SERVER01                No          10.50.1600.1
SERVER02   INSTANCE01   No          11.0.3000.0
SERVER03   INSTANCE02   No          11.0.3000.0

Which is a regular PowerShell object, so you’re free to mangle it at will.

If this doesn’t work for you, you can try using SMO:

$Current = Get-Location;
Import-Module SQLPS -DisableNameChecking;
Set-Location $Current;


And this still doesn’t work for you, or if you’re trying to query a computer not on a network connection, you can try WMI too:

[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SqlServer.SqlWmiManagement") | Out-Null;

$MC = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Wmi.ManagedComputer("COMPUTER_NAME_HERE");
foreach ($Instance in ($MC.Services | Where-Object { $_.Type -Eq "SqlServer" }))
    Write-Host $Instance.Name;

The WMI option has the advantage of listing other services too if you need, like SSAS, SSRS, SQL Agent, etc.

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