Windows CLI: SqlCmd


While trying to run a Transaction SQL command on a Microsoft SQL Express database I had trouble connecting to it using my SQL Server Management Studio on my local machine. While browsing the world wide web and some help files I found this.


There is a Windows CLI command sqlcmd.
This is the help file:

Microsoft (R) SQL Server Command Line Tool
Version 10.50.2500.0 NT x64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
usage: Sqlcmd [-U login id] [-P password]
[-S server] [-H hostname] [-E trusted connection]
[-N Encrypt Connection][-C Trust Server Certificate]
[-d use database name] [-l login timeout] [-t query timeout]
[-h headers] [-s colseparator] [-w screen width]
[-a packetsize] [-e echo input] [-I Enable Quoted Identifiers]
[-c cmdend] [-L[c] list servers[clean output]]
[-q "cmdline query"] [-Q "cmdline query" and exit]
[-m errorlevel] [-V severitylevel] [-W remove trailing spaces]
[-u unicode output] [-r[0|1] msgs to stderr]
[-i inputfile] [-o outputfile] [-z new password]
[-f | i:[,o:]] [-Z new password and exit]
[-k[1|2] remove[replace] control characters]
[-y variable length type display width]
[-Y fixed length type display width]
[-p[1] print statistics[colon format]]
[-R use client regional setting]
[-b On error batch abort]
[-v var = "value"...] [-A dedicated admin connection]
[-X[1] disable commands, startup script, enviroment variables [and exit]]
[-x disable variable substitution]
[-? show syntax summary]


I used it with a script file but found out you could also use a sort of SQL CLI.
Using a script file:
sqlcmd -S server\INSTANCE -i NameOfTSQLScript.sql
Entering a SQL command line:
sqlcmd -S server\INSTANCE -e


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