Instant File Initialization via Powershell

I modified the script from to change “Perform Volume Maintenance tasks”.  This allows the scripted setup of instant file initialization for SQL Server.  Instant File Initialization allows SQL Server data files to grow very quickly because SQL Server does not have to clear out data of any added growth to the data file.


#written by Ingo Karstein,
#  v1.1, 10/12/2012
# modified by Preston Cooper 4-27-2015 to modify "Perform Volume Maintenance Tasks" and added elevation from
## <--- Configure here

$accountToAdd = "DOMAIN\Username"
$pathToFile1 = "c:\temp\secedit.sdb"
$pathToFile2 = "c:\temp\PerformVolumeMaintenanceTasks.txt"

## ---> End of Config

# Get the ID and security principal of the current user account
$myWindowsID = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent();
$myWindowsPrincipal = New-Object System.Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal($myWindowsID);

# Get the security principal for the administrator role
$adminRole = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator;

# Check to see if we are currently running as an administrator
    # We are running as an administrator, so change the title and background colour to indicate this
    $Host.UI.RawUI.WindowTitle = $myInvocation.MyCommand.Definition + "(Elevated)";
    $Host.UI.RawUI.BackgroundColor = "DarkBlue";
    # We are not running as an administrator, so relaunch as administrator

    # Create a new process object that starts PowerShell
    $newProcess = New-Object System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo "PowerShell";

    # Specify the current script path and name as a parameter with added scope and support for scripts with spaces in it's path
    $newProcess.Arguments = "& '" + $script:MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path + "'"

    # Indicate that the process should be elevated
    $newProcess.Verb = "runas";

    # Start the new process

    # Exit from the current, unelevated, process

$sidstr = $null
try {
	$ntprincipal = new-object System.Security.Principal.NTAccount "$accountToAdd"
	$sid = $ntprincipal.Translate([System.Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier])
	$sidstr = $sid.Value.ToString()
} catch {
	$sidstr = $null

Write-Host "Account: $($accountToAdd)" -ForegroundColor DarkCyan

if( [string]::IsNullOrEmpty($sidstr) ) {
	Write-Host "Account not found!" -ForegroundColor Red
	exit -1

Write-Host "Account SID: $($sidstr)" -ForegroundColor DarkCyan

$tmp = [System.IO.Path]::GetTempFileName()

Write-Host "Export current Local Security Policy" -ForegroundColor DarkCyan
secedit.exe /export /cfg "$($tmp)" 

$c = Get-Content -Path $tmp 

$currentSetting = ""

foreach($s in $c) {
	if( $s -like "SeManageVolumePrivilege*") {
		$x = $s.split("=",[System.StringSplitOptions]::RemoveEmptyEntries)
		$currentSetting = $x[1].Trim()

if( $currentSetting -notlike "*$($sidstr)*" ) {
	Write-Host "Modify Setting ""Perform Volume Maintenance Tasks""" -ForegroundColor DarkCyan
	if( [string]::IsNullOrEmpty($currentSetting) ) {
		$currentSetting = "*$($sidstr)"
	} else {
		$currentSetting = "*$($sidstr),$($currentSetting)"
	Write-Host "$currentSetting"
	$outfile = @"
[Privilege Rights]
SeManageVolumePrivilege = $($currentSetting)

	$tmp2 = $pathToFile2
	Write-Host "Import new settings to Local Security Policy" -ForegroundColor DarkCyan
	$outfile | Set-Content -Path $tmp2 -Encoding Unicode -Force

	#notepad.exe $tmp2
	Push-Location (Split-Path $tmp2)
	try {
        Write-Host "secedit.exe /configure /db ""secedit.sdb"" /cfg ""$($tmp2)"" /areas USER_RIGHTS " -ForegroundColor DarkCyan
		secedit.exe /configure /db $pathToFile1 /cfg "$($tmp2)" /areas USER_RIGHTS 
	} finally {	
} else {
	Write-Host "NO ACTIONS REQUIRED! Account already in ""Allow - Perform Volume Maitenance Tasks""" -ForegroundColor DarkCyan

Write-Host "Done." -ForegroundColor DarkCyan


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