Converts a SQL Server Management Object URN to a Windows PowerShell provider path.


       -Urn <String>


The Convert-UrnToPath cmdlet converts a SQL Server Management Object Uniform Resource Name (URN) to a SQL Server provider path. SQL Server Management Objects have a Urn property that returns a string indicating their location in the SQL Server object hierarchy. If nodes in the Urn are SQL Server delimited identifiers with extended characters that are not supported in Windows PowerShell path nodes, the extended characters are encoded with their hexadecimal representation. For example, a table name "Main:Table" is encoded as "Main%3ATable".


Example 1: Get a string containing the current path

PS C:\> Set-Location "SQLSERVER:\SQL\MyComputer\MyInstance\Databases\AdventureWorks2014"
PS SQLSERVER:\SQL\MyComputer\MyInstance\Databases\AdventureWorks2014> Convert-UrnToPath -Urn (Get-Item .).Urn.ToString()

This command returns a string that contains the current path. The example uses the ToString() function of the Urn property to return the Urn as a string.

Example 2: Set the path location based on a URN

PS C:\> Set-Location (Convert-UrnToPath -Urn "Server[@Name='MyComputer']/Database[@Name='AdventureWorks']/Table[@Name='Address' and @Schema = 'Person']")

This command sets the path to the location specified in a SQL Server Management Object URN.

Example 3: Get database paths

PS C:\> Set-Location "SQLSERVER:\SQL\MyComputer\DEFAULT\Databases"
PS SQLSERVER:\SQL\MyComputer\DEFAULT\Databases> ForEach ($Item in Get-ChildItem) { $Item.Urn.ToString() | Convert-UrnToPath }

This command returns an array of strings that contain the path to a database in the default instance. The pipeline operator is used to pass the current node URN to Convert-UrnToPath.

Required Parameters


Specifies a SQL Server URN that identifies the location of an object in the SQL Server hierarchy.

Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName, ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False



Specifies a string that represents a SQL Server Management Object URN.



Specifies a string that represents a SQL Server PowerShell provider path.