As DBAs, we’re called on regularly to produce documentation for security & compliance audits. Being able to show who has what level of access to an instance is the minimum, but we’re often asked for more. Collecting this information and compiling it into something usable by auditors could take you hours or even days. But with automation, you can pull it all together in a matter of minutes while you’re getting that second cup of coffee from the kitchen.

Through the PowerShell demos presented in this session, you’ll learn how to build documentation of your backup regimen, who has access to your databases, and show that you’re staying current with SQL Server patches from Microsoft. Whether you have one SQL Server instance or one hundred, you’ll be able to create a script to automatically format this data so that it’s usable for your auditors – and hopefully be so complete that you don’t receive follow-up questions.

Speaker: Andy Levy

Andy is a database administrator, PowerShell fan, former developer, Open Source contributor, RVer, and connoisseur of dad jokes (not in that order). He’s worn a number of IT hats since 1999 before landing in database administration, including web server administration and development, systems integration, and database development. When he isn’t picking queries apart and wrangling unruly herds of databases, he can be found planning next summer’s family camping trips or mentoring the TAN[X] FIRST Robotics Competition team.