VinnyGuitara VinnyGuitara - 1 year ago 143
SQL Question

Building batch insert statement powershell to sql

I have a powershell script that writes every file and its attributes recursively starting from a specific directory. This works but the directories could have as many as 1,000,000 files. What I want to do is batch them at 1000 inserts per transaction. Here is the original PS:

$server = ""
$Database = ""
$Path = "C:\Test"

$Connection = New-Object System.Data.SQLClient.SQLConnection
$Connection.ConnectionString = "server='$Server';database='$Database';trusted_connection=true;"
$Command = New-Object System.Data.SQLClient.SQLCommand
$Command.Connection = $Connection

foreach($file in Get-ChildItem -Verbose -Recurse -Path $Path | Select-Object Name,Length,Mode, Directory,CreationTime, LastAccessTime, LastWriteTime) {
$fileName = $file.Name
$fileSize = ([int]$file.Length)
$fileMode = $file.Mode
$fileDirectory = $file.Directory
$fileCreationTime = [datetime]$file.CreationTime
$fileLastAccessTime = [datetime]$file.LastAccessTime
$fileLastWriteTime = [datetime]$file.LastWriteTime

$sql = "
insert TestPowerShell
select '$fileName', '$fileSize', '$fileMode', '$fileDirectory', '$fileCreationTime', '$fileLastAccessTime', '$fileLastWriteTime'
$Command.CommandText = $sql
echo $sql


My thoughts are to implement some sort of counter that will keep appending the insert until it reaches 1000 and then jump out of the loop and execute. I cannot figure out with this current setup how to batch at 1000, execute and then pick back up with the get-childitem loop.

Answer Source

Something like this should do:

function Execute-SqlQuery($query){
    Write-Host "Executing query:" 
    Write-Host $query;

$data = @(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11);
$batchSize = 2;
$counter = 0;
$sql = "";

foreach($item in $data){

    if($counter -eq $batchSize){
        Execute-SqlQuery $sql;
        $counter = 0;
        $sql = "";

    $sql += "insert into myTable(id) values($item) `n";
    $counter += 1;    

Execute-SqlQuery $sql;
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