Connecting to remote SQL Server instance using SQL auth via SqlPowershell?


I'm trying to use SqlPowershell/SqlPS (Import-Module sqlps) to connect to a server on my local network. I followed the instructions here to create a function that predefines a server/database and the login and prompts each time for the password:

function sqldrive
    param( [string]$name, [string]$login = "<myLogin>", [string]$root = "SQLSERVER:\SQL\<serverName>\<databaseName>" )
    $pwd = read-host -AsSecureString -Prompt "Password"
    $cred = new-object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $login,$pwd
    New-PSDrive $name -PSProvider SqlServer -Root $root -Credential $cred -Scope 1

However, after running sqldrive <someName> and entering my password, it fails to connect, giving two messages:

WARNING: Could not obtain SQL Server Service information. An attempt to connect to WMI on '<serverName>' failed with
the following error: The RPC server is unavailable. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800706BA)


New-PSDrive : SQL Server PowerShell provider error: Path SQLSERVER:\SQL\<serverName>\<databaseName> does not exist. Please
specify a valid path.
At line:6 char:5
+     New-PSDrive $name -PSProvider SqlServer -Root $root -Credential $ ...
+     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (SQLSERVER:\SQL\<serverName>\<databaseName>:String) [New-PSDrive], GenericProviderException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PathDoesNotExist,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.NewPSDriveCommand

Can anyone spot where I'm going wrong? I can work with the same server just fine using those credentials via SSMS.

asked on Stack Overflow Mar 2, 2016 by Benjin

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