Easy peasy script to turn off AutoShrink on all databases.  I’ll let Paul Randal do the talking as to why you shouldn’t have autoshrink turned on.

Import-Module sqlps -DisableNameChecking

$ignoreDBs = @('IgnoreDB')

    gc -Path 'c:\Servers.txt' | %{
        $srv = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server $_
        $srv.Databases | where{-not $_.IsSystemObject -and $_.Name -notin $ignoreDBs} | %{
            if($_.AutoShrink -eq $true){
                $_.AutoShrink = $false
    $_ | fl -Force


2 thoughts on “Turn off AutoShrink on databases via powershell

  1. This is a great idea but the script doesn’t appear to work:

    You must provide a value expression on the right-hand side of the ‘-‘ operator.
    At C:\scripts\Turnoffautoshrink.ps1:8 char:69
    + $srv.Databases | where{-not $_.IsSystemObject -and $_.Name – <<<< notin $ignoreDBs} | %{
    + CategoryInfo : ParserError: (:) [], ParseException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ExpectedValueExpression

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