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[string] $Server= ".\SQLEXPRESS2014"
[string] $Database = "MyDatabase"
[string] $UserSqlQuery= $("SELECT * FROM [dbo].[User]")
# declaration not necessary, but good practice
$resultsDataTable = New-Object System.Data.DataTable
$resultsDataTable = ExecuteSqlQuery $Server $Database $UserSqlQuery
# executes a query and populates the $datatable with the data
function ExecuteSqlQuery ($Server, $Database, $SQLQuery) {
$Datatable = New-Object System.Data.DataTable
$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
$Command.CommandText = $SQLQuery
$Reader = $Command.ExecuteReader()
return $Datatable
#validate we got data
Write-Host ("The table contains: " + $resultsDataTable.Rows.Count + " rows")
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