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I did most of the solutions provided here.

I know about

  • enabling IntelliSense
  • clearing the cache
  • connecting to a server >= SQL Server 2008
  • using the latest SQL Server Service Pack

and it works locally with the SQL Server 2012 engine.

But it still does not work when connecting to a SQL Server 2008 SP1 engine from my SSMS 2012. If I do


I get 10.0.2573.0 as result. So the server is 2008 SP1.


After a few days it started working. I don't know why.

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SQL Server Management Studio 2012 is the only environment that supports SQL Server Intellisense. Have you tried a server side trace to see if the Intellisense session is getting errors? – Max Vernon Sep 4 '13 at 14:24
@MaxVernon Intellisense has been in SSMS since 2008. – Shawn Melton Sep 5 '13 at 13:24
Hmmm... Thanks for pointing that out Shawn. Clearly I'm wrong about it not being supported in 2008. Still, a server side trace should allow the OP to see what is happening/not happening with Intellisense, right? – Max Vernon Sep 5 '13 at 13:53
@MaxVernon and how do you do that? I have a problem with SQL Server 2008 R2 (10.50.1617) and SSMS 2012 - IntelliSense not working... – Azimuth Oct 16 '14 at 7:37

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Try patching your server. I attempted to recreate your issue with SSMS 2012 (11.0.3000) by connecting to four servers: one SQL Server 2008 (10.0.1600) and three SQL Server 2008 SP 1 (10.0.2531). As you can see the only difference between the four servers is one server does not have Service Pack 1 installed. On all of the servers with service pack 1 installed intellisence worked without issue. However, intellisence did not work on the server without service pack 1 installed.

You can download the service pack here.

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