Assess an Enterprise With Data Migration Assistant–Part 1: Prerequisites

In my previous posts How to Consolidate JSON Assessment Reports and Report on Your Consolidadted Assessments With PowerBI, I show how to run scaled DMA assessments across your estate and report on the results using PowerBI.

In the next series of posts I’ll take you through the enhancements to the process, scripts and reports to help you really get the value of those scaled assessments and see the efforts involved in upgrading or migrating to a modern data platform.

This series will be split into 4 posts, this being post number 1.

  1. Part 1 - Prerequisites
  2. Part 2 - Running an assessment
  3. Part 3 - Loading the assessment data
  4. Part 4 - Reporting on the assessment data with PowerBI





The following is a list of prereqs which are required in order to perform a successful scaled assessment.


The following image simply illustrates that the assessments can be done on premise or against Azure VMs as long as the tools machine has network connectivity to the target on the TCP port SQL Server is listening on.



Loading the PowerShell modules

Saving the PowerShell modules into the PowerShell modules directory enables you to call the modules without the need to explicitly load them before use.

To load the modules follow these steps:

Navigate to C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules and create a folder called DataMigrationAssistant.  Place the PowerShell modules into this directory


Each folder contains the respective psm1 file.



Note:  The folder and file must have the same name.  Also note that once the files have been saved in your WindowsPowerShell directory, you may be required to "unblock" the file so that PowerShell can successfully load it.

PowerShell should now automatically load these modules when a new PowerShell session starts.


Create an inventory of SQL Servers

Before running the PowerShell script to assess your SQL Servers, you first need to build an inventory or SQL Servers which you want to assess.

This inventory can be in one of 2 forms.

  • Excel CSV file
  • SQL Server table


If using a CSV file

When using a csv file to import the data ensure there are only 2 columns of data – Instance Name and Database Name and that the columns don’t have header rows.



If using SQL Server table

Create a database called EstateInventory and a table called DatabaseInventory.  The table containing this inventory data can have any number of columns, as long as the following 4 columns exist:

  • ServerName
  • InstanceName
  • DatabaseName
  • AssessmentFlag


If this database is not on the tools machine, ensure that the tools machine has network connectivity to this SQL Server instance.

The benefit of using a SQL Server table over the CSV file is that you can use the assessment flag column to control which instance / database gets picked up for assessment which makes it easier to separate assessments into smaller chunks.  You can then span multiple assessments (see the next post on running an assessment) which is easier than maintaining multiple CSV files.

Keep in mind that depending on the number of objects and their complexity, an assessment can take a very long time (hours+), so separating into manageable chunks is a good idea.


In the next post we will look at how to run an assessment against your SQL Server enterprise in preparation for loading and reporting.


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