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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Users cannot view tables in non-default schema in SSMS

I'm having an issue setting the VIEW DEFINITION permission appropriately at the schema level for one of my users. I've created the schema TestSchema and added some tables. The user currently has ...
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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 move folder of SQL Server LocalDB instances from the default location?

I get multiple errors with LocalDB (startup error, can't create DB from SQL Server Management Studio and also multiple issues when trying to restore a backup) and none of the fixes I found are helping ...
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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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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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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 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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Suppressing the SSMS prompt to save changes

Is it possible to configure SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). so that the dialog box shown above does not appear when I close an unsaved query window?
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Adding column from SSMS wizard in SQL Server

Today, I am reading through Pinal Dave's blog about adding column in SQL SERVER....One thing make me surprised that while adding column from SSMS wizard, it goes from following process: Create a New ...
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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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Recent Queries in SQL Server 2005

I'm using a PHP web application to interact with a database and need to catch an erroneous query. It's dynamically generated SQL and I don't know 100% of the code nor did I write it so I need to see ...
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Greyed out menu options, broken activity monitor

I recently installed SP1 on my 2012 SQL Server. Ever since then SSMS has behaved a little weirdly when I connect from my pc rather than from the local server itself. I no longer see the green ...
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Find all the queries executed recently on a database

[I am a beginner level T-SQL Programmer] [..and hopefully I am on the right stack exchange site] I would like to get a list of all the queries I executed (in the least, those I executed today since ...
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SSMS login to different domain

Our production database is hosted by another company on their domain. I'm able to RDP into the box and login with the credentials they provided me but when I try to login from my local computer on my ...
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Reset the numbering at the tabs of the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

I notice there are some numbering on the tab of each new query (such as the number 52, 56, 57 and 58 as shown in the following pictures) What does these numbers means and is it possible to reset to ...
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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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SHOWPLAN does not display a warning but “Include Execution Plan” does for the same query

I was running the following query in SSMS and it showed me a warning in the "Include Execution Plan" window select CLIENT_GUID, PMT_AMOUNT, DATE_COMPLETED from ( select payment.CLIENT_GUID, ...
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SSMS 2012 is not showing the tables of the system databases

I have SQL Server Management Studio 2012 on my laptop connected to a SQL Server 2012. If I go in System Databases and then any of the 4 (master, model, msdb, tempdb) I don't have the Tables folder. ...
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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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Strange behaviours with SET options in SSMS

I am investigating the effect of various SET options on the creation of indexed views on SQL Server 2014 CU1. The following code: ensures that the SET options are as they should be creates a table ...
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SQL Server Designers, Failed Saves, and Generated Scripts

I am a big fan of the simple diagramming tool that comes with SSMS, and use it frequently. When I save changes to the model, I have it configured to automatically generate the change scripts that go ...
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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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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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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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Microsoft SQL Server Connection Coloring

I've been using the Redgate Query Tab Coloring feature (under SQL Prompt's Experimental Features) and I really like it. Somehow I've never known until today that this feature is built in to SSMS for ...
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Is it possible to filter the list of databases in the Object Explorer of the SSMS?

I know how to filter the list of tables - using the filter icon. However, this icon is disabled when the Databases node is selected. Still, I am wondering whether it is possible.
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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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SQL Server Management Studio: how to parse stored procedure code and check if table columns exist?

I'm afraid that SSMS won't parse table columns within a stored procedure. When you click in Parse option SSMS says that parse is completed, even when a procedure is selecting a column that does ...
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Using Import Wizard with Access - No null values

I am trying to import a table from Access to SSMS using the Import Wizard but when I do the resulting table has a lot of empty strings instead of the NULL values that I am expecting. How do I make ...
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Login failure error log when querying Central Management Server group

I am querying a group under a Central Management Server, which results in the following being logged to the SQL Server Error Log. Error: 18456, Severity: 14, State: 38. Login failed for user ...