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 “Estimated Number of Rows” always per execution within SSMS execution plans?

When I look at execution plans, I often compare "Estimated Number of Rows" with "Actual Number of Rows", looking for discrepancies. For example, when I hover over the bottom arrow in the picture ...
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Error in SSMS when attempting to restore a database

We have over a dozen SQL servers, one of which hosts a couple of hundred sage databases, when i right-click on the Databases node in SSMS there is a long delay then i get the following error (and 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 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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How to connect once for all queries in SQL Server Management Studio?

SSMS asks me to connect for every query in my project. Is there a way to connect only once per connection for all of the queries using it in my project? The answers below (March 2014) don't answer ...
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Linked server available to users without permissions

I have users seeing a linked server which they are not supposed to see. The linked server is defined so that only I will have access to it, but everybody can see and use it. I have created the ...
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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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SQL update satement taking a very long time / high disk usage for hours

Yes it sounds like a very generic issue, but I have not been able to narrow it down very much yet. So I have an UPDATE statement in a sql batch file: UPDATE A SET A.X = B.X FROM A JOIN B ON A.B_ID = ...
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Management Studio System.OutOfMemoryException

I'm using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and trying to run a simple query against it within Management Studio. I'm getting the following error: An error occurred while executing batch. Error message ...
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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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Could not find the Server Agent in SSMS

I am following the guide - http://www.sqlchicken.com/2009/07/how-to-create-a-server-side-trace-with-sql-profiler/ which is working until I reach Step 8 8. Now to schedule your newly created script. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a limit to how many credentials SSMS can remember?

Using SQL Server Management Studio that came with SQL Server 2008 R2, I make connections to the same server using a number of different sets of SQL Server Authentication credentials. On my development ...
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How to map another server through SQL Server Management Studio

I am trying to map another server by giving the command EXEC xp_cmdshell 'NET USE H:\\568.256.8.358\backup_147 1234abc /USER:cranew /PERSISTENT:yes' I got an error with this: network path ...
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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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Allowing Foreign Key to be Null

I'm trying to create a relationship between two tables where one column in TABLE A is the foreign key for a column in TABLE B. However, there is one row in TABLE B that is currently null in that ...
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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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Newly discovered SQL Server Express has all databases inaccessible/offline

We have several remotes sites at my company and today one of the employees came to me and said their SQL reporting tool stopped working. Up until this point I did not even know this server or ...
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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 ...
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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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Why is SSMS inserting new rows at the top of a table not the bottom?

Whenever I manually insert a row into a table in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 (the database is SQL Server 2005) my new row appears at the TOP of the list rather than the bottom. I'm using ...
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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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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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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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Can We Perform an “Up-To-The-Minute Restore” After Taking Transaction Log Backups?

The Setup: Say we have a Database in Full Recovery Mode that does a nightly Database Backup, Transaction Log Backup, and Transaction Log Shrink. Now the Transaction Log grows so quickly during the ...
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Incorrect syntax near 'role' with generated script

I've recently had to recreate a user several times. To facilitate the creation of the user, I would right-click the user and choose script login as, create to, New Query Editor Window. However, after ...
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quickly jump to an object in Object Explorer in SSMS

When expanding a tree with a large number of objects such as the Tables tree in SSMS Object Explorer, is there a method of quickly navigating to the table I am looking for, if I know the exact name or ...
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View designer strange join syntax

I have a data warehouse with a lot of views built in with the SSMS view designer. Viewing the syntax, the FROM clauses are unintelligible to me because the ON statements do not follow straight after ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does SQL Server Management Studio crash?

When I open SSMS I get this message: SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. What can I do? The issue persists ...
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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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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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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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Why does server name need to be specified when accessing local instances?

Even though I have direct access to the physical database machine, I have to specify dbmachine\sql in the connection field, rather than just the instance name. Why is that?