Accessing the System Registry using MS SQL Server - PART 1By Julian
Can you read the system registry using MS SQL Server? Of course you can! There's a little known xp procedure in the master database called
xp_regread. This stored procedure accepts three parameters. The first one being the root key, next is the path to the key, and finally the key value you are looking to return.
Here is a simple example that retrieves the SQL setup location.
This returns 1 row as follows:
Value Data ----------------- --------------- SQLPath D:\MSSQL7
The two field items are
Value is the Registry Key and
Data is the value of the Registry Key. What's so great about this stored proc is it has multitude of uses. You could run
xp_regread and put the results in an ASP page returning just about any registry value you like. For example, the following code will read the path SQL Server is installed in:
xp_regread stored proc will return ANY VALUE from the registry provided that the user running
xp_regread has access to that registry key and the master database. Be forewarned, allowing access to this feature has it's own risks. You may not want to allow a user to read your system registry settings. Alot of sensitive data is located in the system registry (i.e. SAM database). Let me know what else you come up with. Have fun!
xp_regread stored procedure has only been tested with SQL 6.5 and SQL 7.0.
xp_regreadexample in text format