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Extract CLR Assemblies from SQL Server

I’ve run into a few situations that required examining the existing CLR assemblies on a server. Whether I needed to do a comparison between two versions to make sure they are the same or confirm something in the assembly itself, this script has come in handy. Point it at a database, give it an output path and it will save all the assemblies in that database to dlls in the given folder. You can then use a .NET disassembler to confirm suspicions or a binary comparison to make sure the dll matches what it should.

        Extracts CLR Assemblies from a SQL 2005+ database.
        Extracts CLR Assemblies from a SQL 2005+ database.
    .PARAMETER  ServerInstance
        The Server\Instance to connect to
    .PARAMETER  Database
        The Database to extract assemblies from
    .PARAMETER  OutPath
        The path to output the assemblies
        PS C:\> .\Get-SqlAssemblies.ps1 -ServerInstance 'MyServer\MyInstance' -Database 'MyDatabase'
        This example shows how to call Get-SqlAssemblies with named parameters.
        For more information about advanced functions, call Get-Help with any
        of the topics in the links listed below.
    [string]$ServerInstance = 'LOCALHOST',
    [string]$OutPath = '.'
#Correct for variations of incoming ServerInstance names
if(-not $ServerInstance.Contains('\')) {$ServerInstance += '\DEFAULT'}
if($ServerInstance.Contains(',') -and -not $ServerInstance.Contains('`,')) {$ServerInstance = $ServerInstance.Replace(',', '`,')}
dir SQLSERVER:\SQL\$ServerInstance\Databases\$Database\Assemblies | %{
    $_.SqlAssemblyFiles | %{
        $str = $_.name
        $path = Join-Path $OutPath ($str.Substring($str.LastIndexOf('\')+1))
        Set-Content -Path $path -Value $_.GetFileBytes() -Encoding byte;
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  1. viktor
    January 7th, 2013 at 14:07 | #1

    Is it PowerShell?
    Thank you.

  2. DJ
    June 21st, 2013 at 04:51 | #3

    Hi mate, very useful article, but i need help understanding why the SQLSERVER drive is in the loop syntax?

    is it to iterate through databases held in DB folders on the sql server\instance?


    • June 21st, 2013 at 10:23 | #4

      This just grabs all assemblies from the passed in $Database parameter. The SQLSERVER:\ drive is the PowerShell provider for SQL.

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