SQL Server Management Studio, a graphical front-end tool shipped with SQL Server for managing and querying databases. It also supports managing other bundled systems such as SSAS.

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SQl Server Password Change after installation

I have installed SQL Server 2005, but at the time of installation I forgot to change my password. Now I can access my database only in Windows authentication mode, and I want to access the database in ...
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Running queries with SQLCMD vs. Running queries with SSMS

I've noticed something which i'm not sure about. can it be that running queries directly with SSMS is much faster than running queries with SQLCMD? I've noticed that the results of queries that ran ...
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How to control the order of servers listed in the SSMS connection dialog?

My current project involves a lot of database shuffling as we upgrade from SQL 2008 -> 2012, re-task hardware, repeat. One minor annoyance is the connection dialog in SSMS re-shuffling the server ...
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SQL Server 2012 is putting [brackets] around Table and Column Names

Is there anyway to turn that off? I'm unable to find anything in options, and they're really a distraction.
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Data Collection reports fail because login is from an untrusted domain

I've set up a data warehouse and Data Collection according to BO. Reports are generated properly when running them in Management Studio running on the server but fail when they are run from Management ...
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Management Studio all buttons disabled

I get an odd problem in my SQL R2. Although I can attach a new db to my db instance, but all buttons on the tool menu panel are disabled. So I cannot execute any sql query statements. It is really ...
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SQL Server Management Studio Express 2012 “ONLY”

I have installed SQL Server Express(SSMS) 2012 with management tools. After a few months, the Management studio has stopped working. The error is: «« Evaluation period has expired. For more on how ...
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Can I check the services currently running through SSMS?

I want to check which services has started and which has not by running a script/query on SSMS.
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Remove Database from SQL Management Studio Database List

I'm working with MS SQL Express 2008 and Visual Studio 2010. If you are attached to a local MDF file how do you remove it from the Databases list without deleting the file? The reason is to purge the ...
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How to check connection string in SSMS2012?

I'm connected to database. I use db by Management Studio 2012 Express. Can I check connection string by click something in Management Studio?
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Restore a SQL Server database to an offline copy

I have SQL Server Management Studio. I need to access a backup file (*.bak). How do I create a new database engine that is OFFLINE (running from my PC not the server) and then restore the database ...
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Suppress SQL Server Management Studio auto complete

Is there a way to temporarily suppress SQL Server Management Studio's auto-complete while typing a query? I don't want to disable auto-complete completely just say hold down some key while typing in a ...
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Specify Values for Template Parameters — command

When I create a stored procedure in SQL Server 2008 by using the template, the comments specify a hot-key combination that no longer works: -- Use the Specify Values for Template Parameters -- ...
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Copy Database option not found in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2

I am unable to see the Copy Database option in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2. Can anyone tell me whats going on please?
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Alternatives for SSMS solutions & projects?

According to the official SQL Server Documentation, the use of "Solutions, Projects, and Items" is deprecated. A conspicuous (though somewhat cryptic) warning banner at the top of the MSDN page ...
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Sql Server Management Studio slow opening new windows

After upgrading both sql server and management studio from 2008 to 2012, the management studio 2012 is very slow when new query windows and dialog boxes are opened. Even right click on tables is slow. ...
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How to make SSMS Properties Window coincide with object selected in Object Explorer

The Properties Window in SSMS seems lame to me. All it shows is the current connection properties. I would like to be able to click on an object in the Object Explorer (e.g. a table or a column) and ...
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Save SSMS tabs with timestamp on a daily basis?

Is there a way to automate SSMS to automatically save down all current open tabs into a folder with a timestamp? Whilst I'd like to save every single useful ad-hoc query ever written with a nice ...
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Second instance of query designer for a single table in SSMS (Express)?

Forgive me if this is the wrong exchange site for this question. It seems like the right one. I have been a fan of writing queries manually for a long time, but recently I've got into the habit of ...
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Can you edit the context menu options?

Is there a way (registry hack is acceptable) to remove options from the context menus in SSMS? Specifically I'd like to remove the delete option from the context menu when you right click on a ...
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How can I force SQL Server Management Studio to update metadata?

Metadata in SSMS isn't updating unless I shut it down and restart. I've tried disconnecting from the server and reconnecting while the SSMS session is active, but that isn't working. Steps to ...
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Simple Car Rental database

I am trying to learn SQL development using SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Management Studio. I was trying to model a car rental company, where clients can rent cars, and I have to know which client has ...
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Does Restore “From database” restore from the most recent backup of the database or the actual live database?

In SSMS 2005, I want to use the GUI to copy a database by restoring in to a new database. I was using the "From database" radio button for the source, but then the databases in the list disappeared ...
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How to assign CTRL+F1 to sp_whoisactive in ssms 2012?

When I go to Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard and Type in Query.Sp_whoisactive Press shortcut keys: Ctrl+F1 Click Assign. When I press Ctrl+F1, It still calls Help.
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How to apply a theme to SQL Server Management Studio 2008?

Has anyone had any success with, for example, applying a 'dark' them to the Text Editor component of of SSMS 2008? There was an old trick for 2005 which is no longer operational and has not been ...
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SQL Server Management Studio .bak files

I'm new to SQL Server SMS and need help. I have been asked to check that .BAK files restored be checked using SELECT queries in SQL SMS. I have tried to create a new database but get the error "...
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Odd SQL Server Studio error, but not on SQL Server Express?

I'm running a query that I got today from a previous question, and I just noticed an error that only happens when I run this query ON the server (RDC + MS Studio -- not express) vs on my machine which ...
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Error: Specified cast is not valid. (SqlManagerUI)

I am trying to restore database created on server to my localbox however i am getting 'Error: Specified cast is not valid. (SqlManagerUI)' error message. Server Info: Windows Server 2008 Standard ...
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Poor SQL Server performance when management studio closed

I've noticed a strange behaviour of SQL Server 2008 r2 express: usually my query execution time is ~650ms, but if I open Management Studio and run any simple query (for example SELECT * FROM ...
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Start Windows Service If Replication Fails

Setup: We have SQL Server Management Studio 2005 SP3 on all of our Servers. We have 1 Main Server, and 1 Secondary Server that has the database from the Main Server being replicated on it. (If it ...
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Why is my maintenance plan save overwriting job ownership?

I'm slowly untying all the system dependencies to the previous DBA's system account and moving them to a service account. The old DBA had ownership of all the jobs in our maintenance plan. In SSMS I ...
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Where will i download denali SSMS from? [closed]

I have read many blogs around praising new features in denali SSMS. I really wanna try but unable to find how to download only SSMS (denali).
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What is this error about in sql server?

Trying to restore database, getting a dialog in SQL Server Management Studio You cannot select backup sets from different databases" Any idea why I am getting this error? BTW backup is from ...
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Why evaluates “IS NULL” in SSMS interactive mode to “TRUE” but the same statement being executed in a SP to “FALSE”? [closed]

Given DECLARE @IN__CUST_NO INT DECLARE @OUT__USER_ID INT SET @IN__CUST_NO = 1000006660 CASE 1: IS NULL evaluates TRUE Since no CUSTOMER_NUMBER with the value of 1000006660 exists in our dummy ...
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How database users see their objects in sql server

I have a large SQL Server 2008 database that has many tables, stored procedures, and functions. This database also has several users. How can I make it so that each user, after connecting to the ...
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sql server management studio 2008 sucks up with memory yielding .net runtime failure

PROBLEM sql server management studio 2008 sucks up with memory yielding a .net runtime error. It crashes with an empty message in an error-dialog but there can be found a little eventlog entry, ...
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How to get accurate query performance?

I'm attempting to improve performance of a stored procedure. When I run the SP, it finishes almost instantly, as if something were cached. I was told to use the following two lines of SQL before ...
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When to add indexes to #temp tables?

When testing stored procedures in SSMS, it sometimes says there is a missing index on #someTempTable____________________000000000000005B] (someField) etc etc When I do add them like this to the sp: ...
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Is it OK to blindly add missing indexes?

I often use SSMS to test my slow stored procedures for missing indexes. Whenever I see a "Missing Index (Impact xxx)" my kneejerk reaction is to just create the new index. This results in a faster ...
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SQL Server Management Studio generates error, can't start

On my development machine, SQL server 2008 R2 was running fine previously. But after formatting OS and re-installing the OS and SQL server, it generates the following error when I want to start SQL ...
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SQL Server Configuration Manager changes effected via Central Management Server

When using Central Management Server (CMS), under Central Management Server Actions, SQL Server Configuration Manager (SSCM) is an option. When launched, the GUI reflects the information of the CMS....
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Why are breakpoints not being hit in SQL Server Management Studio?

SQL Server Management Studio allows debugging of SQL (breakpoints and stepping through the SQL). It is possible to step in to a stored proc being called and to see a call stack. However I cannot ...
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SQLAgentReaderRole and SQL AD ID login case affecting ability to edit jobs

I have AD ID users on a SQL 2008 server that can't edit their own jobs. They can create them, but in order to edit them, they have to delete them and then re-add them. The issue is explained here: ...
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How do I read Query Cost, and is it always a percentage?

I'm currently studying for SQL 70-433 (the Microsoft Certification exam), and I'm getting very confused about the "query cost" performance metric. According to any documentation I could find via ...
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Migrate Data and/or Schema from DBv1 to DBv2

I have a production database which has been plugging away for several months. I have been making modifications to a duplicate copy on a test/dev server. I've added some additional fields (null allowed)...
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Removing Instances and SQL Server Express edition and going to Standard/Developer/Enterprise

I would like to move from SQL Server 2008 R2 Express to SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer or Enterprise. I just noticed that I have the following services running: SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER) SQL Server (...
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Cant connect to Server using SSMS on my desktop

SQL SERVER 2008 R2 When attempting to connect to the default instance of sqlserver on our local server from SSMS on my desktop I'm receiving the following error. A network-related or instance-...
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SQL Server Database Keeps Semi-Detaching Itself

Forgive me if I am not using all the proper terms but I have databases that will detach themselves from SQL Server. In SQL Server Management Studio the plus sign will be missing next to the database, ...
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SQL 2008 R2 creates user/schema when Windows user creates tables

We added a server login and database user that map a Windows Group to a SQL 2008 R2 instance using the following script, with the names changed for anonymity: USE master go CREATE LOGIN [DOMAIN\...
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Does Management Studio let me change the format of new script names?

I use SQL Server Mangagement Studio to examine the definition of objects in my database. For example, to examine the definition of the table dbo.MSreplication_options in the master database, I would ...