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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Save Connections in SSMS?

Can I save some sort of session or profile in SSMS (2008 r2) that will open up connections to a saved list of database servers when I open SSMS? So for example I frequently will open up SSMS and ...
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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 not ...
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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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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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Always On Availability Group, Always redirect user to read only instance

We have an Always On availability group with a primary and a read-enabled secondary. We have a user for the implementation team who uses the database to check the correctness of the data that they are ...
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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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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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What does this SQL Server icon mean?

What does the icon of a server with a blue database symbol mean?
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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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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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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 ...