How to retrieve all user databases using powershell

Given a server name I need to retrieve all the user databases on that sql server. The code below:

$srv=New-Object "Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server" "$ServerName"
$svr.Databases

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only retrieves 5 system databases but none of the user ones. Can anyne help?
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YZlatAsked:
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QlemoConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
I agree, it should work if you've got the proper privileges for the Windows account used. I've tested with this code and an admin account (LoadWithPartialName is sooo old-style):
Add-Type -Assembly Microsoft.SqlServer.SMO
$srv = New-Object Microsoft.Sqlserver.Management.SMO.Server "$server"
$srv.Databases | select Owner, Name, IsSystemObject

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and got all info as expected.
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
which Powershell version and which SQL Server version and edition?

Can you confirm that if you logon to SQL Server (e.g. using SQL Server Management Studio) with the same account with whom you run the Powershell script, that you cannot see the user databases as well?

So I guess either permission issue, wrong version of SMO (not the same as the version of SQL Server) or an issue with the script.
Could you post your whole script?

Thanks and HTH
Rainer
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QuinnDexCommented:
this will get all DB names from mssql

select name from sys.databases

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with powershell


[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName('Microsoft.SqlServer.SMO') | out-null
$s = New-Object ('Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server') "LOCALHOST\SQLSERVER"

$dbs=$s.Databases
$dbs | Get-Member -MemberType Property 

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YZlatAuthor Commented:
RainerJ, I login to SQL Server using my windows account and I run powershell as myself.

QuinnDex, that's exactly what I use but only gets me system databases

Qlemothat does not help - same code I use and only system dbs come up. Perhaps it is something with permissions. But I do run powershell with my windows account. I will try runing it as admin
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YZlatAuthor Commented:
OK, so I just tried and

$srv.Databases | select Owner, Name, IsSystemObject

worked for me. The thing I really wanted is to put all the database names into an array.

I tried this to just print out db names to the screen so I can later manipulate them but it didn't work:

$svr.Databases |% {
     Write-Host $_.Name
}

I also tried

$svr.Databases | Select Name |% {
     Write-Host $_.Name
}

but neither printed anything to the screen
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QlemoDeveloperCommented:
Pitfall! You do not have strict variable checking switched on (Set-StrictMode -Version latest), and so the typo you made was not obvious. Use $srv, not $svr!
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