SQL Server Native Client (SNAC)

SNAC is not documentet in Books Online (BOL), but in the learning section of MSDN:
Data Platform Developer Center > Learn > Microsoft SQL Server Native Client

Also there is a blog about SNAC. The reference to the blog is at the page referenced above.

The installed version can be found in the Registry:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft SQL Native Client\CurrentVersion\Version : [REG_SZ]
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SNAC\InstalledVersion : [REG_SZ]
Using PowerShell the value can be accessed like this
PS > $SnacVersion = get-itemproperty 'hklm:\software\microsoft\microsoft sql native client\currentversion' 'Version'
PS > $SnacVersion.Version
and the result could be
The SNAC version for SQL Server 2008 can be found in the Registry at
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Native Client 10.0\CurrentVersion\Version : [REG_SZ]

To get the SNAC version on a remote host, I have used WMI and the StdReg provider:
function Get-SnacVersion {
Param( [string]$ServerName = '.' ) # Default local host
 $Reg = [WMIClass]"\\$ServerName\root\default:StdRegProv" # Remote host
 $HKLM = 2147483650
 $RegBranch = 'software\microsoft\microsoft sql native client\currentversion'
 $RegItem = 'Version'
 $Reg.GetStringValue($HKLM, $RegBranch, $RegItem).sValue

The function is called like this for the local host:
Getting the SNAC version on a remote host the function is called like this:
Get-SnacVersion 'Sandbox.sqladmin.dk'
The result is equal the result above from the Registry.

The existance of SNAC can be determined by either the existance of the Registry braches above or if the file "sqlncli.dll" exists in the folder "%SYSTEM%" (e.i. "C:\WINDOWS\system32\").
The SQL Server 2008 SNAC is implemented in the file "sqlncli10.dll".

Installation of SNAC itself can be done with the Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server.
A reference to this can be found at the page referenced in the beginning of this entry.

Why Microsoft (again) has a seperate installation and path for SQL Server 2008 I don't know. I'm not impressed as is will only make automated maintenance much more complex.

The book "Windows PowerSehll: TFM" (2nd Edition) har a whole chapter on managing the Registry with PowerShell (chapter 30).

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