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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Is is possible to manage SQL Server 2008 databases via R2 Management Studio?

Is it possible to manage SQL Server 2008 databases using SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio?
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What is this upside-down silver key icon

I inherited a SQL Server 2005 3rd party server and database to look into to be able to generate reports and dashboards on. On one table, I found a new icon: a blue-silver upside-down key, alongside ...
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How do I get SSMS to use the relative path of the current script with :r in sqlcmd mode like SSDT does?

If I have foo.sql and bar.sql in the same folder, foo.sql can reference bar.sql when run from SSDT in sqlcmd mode with :r ".\bar.sql". However, SSMS won't find it. Procmon shows SSMS is looking in ...
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SQL Server Management Studio 2012: How to have folders in the SSMS project?

I'm using SSMS 2012 to talk to the SQL server 2012 and Azure SQL servers we use. I admit I'm not a SQL expert so I've been saving most of my SQL scripts for future reference. I've quickly run into 20 ...
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Executing TSQL script generated from SSMS in SQLCMD. Failing on quotes

I am attempting to deploy a database to a machine by executing a script generated by the "Generate Scripts" tool in SQL Server Management Studio. Here is the command I've issued: sqlcmd -S ...
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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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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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Adding a local user account into SQL Server

I have a (developer) instance of SQL Server 2014 running in my machine. For quick background I'm on a small network like this: Workgroup: HOME Users HOME\PCA HOME\PCB HOME\PCC I'm HOME\PCA. Now ...
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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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Exporting SQL Server DB from my laptop to AWS RDS

I am following this tutorial from AWS to export a SQL Server database that currently sits on my laptop to Amazon Web Services RDS. In particular I am trying the Generate and Publish script wizard ...
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Capture Complex Actual Execution Plans

I have a stored procedure that among other things builds and executes a large number of Dynamic SQL statements. (Don't hate me, I didn't write it.) I would like to retrieve the actual execution plan ...
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How do I check if a certain SQL statement is being run?

Using SQL Server Management Studio, how can check or see who is running a certain SQL statement?
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SQL Server Management Studio 2014 Backup - Set Property Devices Error

I recently upgraded my local SQL Server to Version 2014, which also installed the SSMS 2014. When using SQL Server Management Studio 2014 to create a backup (both local and remote, Server Versions ...
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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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Large set of execution plans hangs up SSMS

I have a stored procedure that takes about 3-5 seconds that I'm trying to understand so I want an execution plan for it. When I run it in SQL Server Management Studio with Execution Plan enabled, it ...
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Create table group sub-folders in Management Studio

When I was exploring the master database in SSMS I noticed that under the Tables folder there is another folder called Systems Tables that houses a bunch of tables. Is it possible for us to create a ...
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Can I get SSMS to show me the Actual query costs in the Execution plan pane?

I'm fixing performance issues on a multistatement stored procedure in SQL Server. I want to know which part(s) I should spend time on. I understand from How do I read Query Cost, and is it always a ...
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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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Why does SSMS highlight SUBSTRING in purple but RIGHT in grey?

I apologise for the trivial question, but I was trying to work out how to do a RIGHT in SQL so I experimentally typed RIGHT and it didn't highlight in purple, so I spent some time scratching my head ...
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Problem Reaching VM SQL Server Instance

Here's what I'm working with right now. I have a host OS which includes a SQL Server 2008 Enterprise instance. I have a virtual machine running on this host which has a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express ...
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How to find unused indexes?

I am working on a Data warehouse. I have tables with up to 200M records. Some of these tables have around 20+ indexes (I can't provide a reason why they have been created in the first place). This is ...
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Is it “legal” to CREATE and DROP #SomeTable more than once?

I've got my code sort of segregated as "coherent blocks" that I can insert into a longer "configuration script" over and over, and one of the patterns I'm using is this: CREATE TABLE #WidgetSetting ...
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Error while taking backup using SSMS

I am using SSMS. I have about 5 logins. For a particular login I have all server roles other than sysadmin. It is a sql login (not windows authentication). In user roles it has all permission for ...
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Color syntax printing in SSMS 2012

It seems the SSMS of Sql server 2012 cannot print the SQL statements with syntax color anymore. Is it a bug? Does it have any workaround?
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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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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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Besides attaching the debugger, is there any other differences between “(local)\Instance” and “MyLocalName\Instance”?

When using SQL Server Management Studio for SQL Server 2008 R2 connecting to a local SQL Server 2008 R2 instance (version 10.50.2500), I know that if I am using the instance name (local)\sql2008 it ...
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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 ...
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Connecting from SSMS to an EC2 SQL Instance

I have an EC2 server running SQL2008 R2. I opened the port 1433 and successfully tested with yougetsignal.com/tools/open-ports. I have set the SQL Server to Accept Remote Connections. I have set ...
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Database having only db_datareader shows invalid properties for a index

If a SQL server database user has only public permission in server roles and for a particular database only db_datareader and public permission then while trying script index as CREATE To option in ...
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Import Data replaces NULL with 0

I am using sql server 2008 r2 express. I am getting some problems when i use import data feature to import data from one database to another. I am using SSMS to do it. While using the wizard i choose ...
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How can I rename an auto-named constraint when I get this error 15248?

Method: Open SSMS. Find table. Open constraints. Find constraint name. Right click, rename. Give new name. EXPLODE. (well, it just fails, at least)
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Configure SSMS intellisense / web browser settings to accept UNC directory path inputs

I would like to navigate to open a directory path from an in-line commented UNC path. SSMS integrates with Windows Explorer and Explorer allows UNC navigation from the address bar. Indeed, when in ...
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Restore SQL Server database from .sql files

So we had an encrypted database that puked and killed our whole SQL Server setup. Sucks about our data, but we were smart enough to have our data structures / stored procedures / functions in Git The ...
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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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SQL Server query result transfer time over VPN (WAN)

I have a mysterious phenomenon on one remote SQL Server 2005 which I manage and query using SQL Server Management Studio. I connect to the server through a VPN tunnel (provided by an ISP, about 8 ...
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Cannot restore Amazon RDS SQL Server database to given point-in-time using SQL Server Management Studio

I'm trying to restore one of my Amazon DRS SQL Server databases. Using SQL Server Management Studio, I can correct to my DRS instance using the master account I created when creating the database ...
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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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How to make SSMS upper case keywords

I recently started using Management Studio 2012. When using MySQL Workbench, a handy feature was that I could stay all in lower case and any reserved word (like SELECT, INSERT) would convert to upper ...
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Get IO stats request sql like activity monitor

Is it possible to get the same value as in the activity monitor (SSMS) for the "Database IO" as a result of a SQL request? click to enlarge
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What does this SQL Server icon mean?

What does the icon of a server with a blue database symbol mean?
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Attaching a database in SSMS gives error

I am accessing SQL Server using SSMS, and a user with adequate permissions. When this user tries to attach a database by using SSMS (by right clicking on database node and then clicking on attach), ...
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How to script all permissions on a schema

SQL management studio allows to create scripts for all db objects, however I so far couldn't find a way to correctly script a schema or user. The permissions of a user on a schema are not included in ...
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SQL Server 2012 Managment Studio not saving auto recovery files

I tried to go to Tools > Environment > AutoRecover. The check box of save autorecover is checked. Save every "5" minutes. Keep autorecover info for: 7 days. But it doesn't save any auto ...
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Copying View in Management Studio

I want to copy a VIEW from one server to another. I could copy tables but I can't copy views. Is there a way to do so? Thanks
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How do you move a Database from one server to the other using MS-SQL-SMS

I need to move a database, but I want to make sure I do it safely and with all triggers, store proc and functions. I was think to simply detach the database from my server using MS-SQL-SMS and move ...
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Get SSMS to show the time a query completed at?

I'm using Sql Server Management Studio 2012, and I'm wondering if there is a way to have a query show me at what time it was run and/or completed at. Basically just some kind of timestamp so that I ...
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Copy database, problem with not existing principal

I'm trying to copy a database from a server to my laptop, using Management Studio. However, after about an hour of copying, I get the error Cannot find the principal 'MVGSQL01\itsac', because it ...
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Manually entering data using Management Studio

How can I enter data through the GUI interface rather than an insert command in SQL Server Management Studio 2012? I can't find it anywhere whereas there used to be an option in the previous versions. ...
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What are SQL Server Securables?

I migrated two applications to the new server. One of the them works without any issues but the other ran into back end sql permission problems like The EXECUTE permission was denied on the ...