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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cannot see logins subfolder [closed]

Forgive me for my lack of dba experience but I can't find the answer anywhere. I'm working remotely on a third party to a client that asked for a login, I created the login but there's problems with ...
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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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Reduce DB size - SQL Server, SSMS

One of my databases was growing in size a few gigs every day. That was very unusual since it is still in development phase. After small research i discovered that the Even Log table was almost the ...
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Management Studio won't recognize other file extensions

I am using SSMS 2012. I am working with .PRC, .TAB, and .UDF files. I added these file extensions to SSMS so that it would treat them like .SQL files already via Tools > Options > Text Editor > File ...
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Network flow for Import Export Wizard

When I use the Import Export Wizard on my workstation to move data from ServerA to ServerB does the data flow over the network directly from ServerA to ServerB? Or does it go from ServerA to my ...
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Error creating database in SQL Server Management Studio

I'm trying to create a new database in SSMS, but I get this error: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.SqlServer.Sqm, Version=11.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91' or ...
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Multiple “model” DBs — or db creation 'profiles'

I know you can't actually have multiple 'model' DBs on the same server instance. BUT, I'd like to have something almost like it. Basically, we have a business model where each customer is its own DB, ...
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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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Why should I use Visual Studio 2010 over SSMS for my database development?

Visual Studio 2010 introduces database projects and a whole array of related features that supposedly facilitate database development. I've used SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for many years to ...
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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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SQL Server 2008 upgrade and clean

After upgrading a SQL Server 2008 instance to SQL Server 2012 (in-place upgrade), there appears to be numerous 2008 instance components (namely the 2008 SSMS in start menu, in add/remove programs ...
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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 2008R2 - Data Collection

I set up Data Collection for simple and basic monitoring of instances of SQL Server 2008 R2 (/2012) (is simple, accessible for and with very nice colors for my boss :-) But one of instances showing ...
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How to uninstall SQL Server Management Studio 2012? [closed]

How to uninstall SQL Server Management Studio 2012? ControlPanel's "Uninstall or change programs" (in Windows 7 Prof) gives a row of entries: while internet search results always tell: "click ...
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Copy SSIS 2012 Report Text to Clipboard?

When I run a SSIS 2012 report to view the errors, I note I can't select any text to copy to clipboard. Is there a way to get raw error text? (It seems you can right-click and export to ...
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How can I view special characters in SQL Server 2012 Management Studio grid view?

In a SQL Server 2012 database, I have a log table where I log SQL queries executed by a VB.NET application. The field is defined as nvarchar(MAX) In Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, when I ...
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How do Identity Columns get Replicated?

During Transactional Replication, we have data going from Server A to Server B. Say we were to reseed an Identity Column on a Table on Server A (for whatever reason), how would this affect the data ...
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“Show table data” option to edit compact database

I have installed sql server compact edition 3.5 and i am sql server management studio to edit table.I am using "Show table data" option which comes on right click to a table of compact database. But i ...
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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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SSMS gives error if column name is “MERGE” where as other keywords works

IN SSMS create table if we include sql keywords in column name then it will be wrapped around square brackets "[]" automatically and the table gets created without any error generally. But if we ...
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How to downgrade my mdf file from version 661 to 655 or earlier?

I have a problem when attaching the file AdverntureWorksLT2008R2_Data.mdf to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). The database 'AdventureWorksLT2008R2' cannot be opened because it is ...
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How to assign CTRL+F1 to sp_whoisactive in ssms 2012?

When I go to Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard. 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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Order results from query to have a certain result at the top

I'm not sure there is even a way to do this, but thought I would ask anyway. I have the following example output from a query: Name Country Number -------------------------- Harry Germany ...
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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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Alternative method of viewing a database diagram in SQL Server to see what tables have gone missing? [closed]

I have a database diagram for my database, but when I open it in SQL Server, I almost immediately get a message saying some permissions changed or tables in the diagram were dropped or renamed, and ...
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Configuring transactional replication with updatable subscription via SSMS 2012

Can I configure transactional replication with updatable subscription via SSMS 2012 (SQL Server 2012)? Is this removed from SSMS 2012 or I'm just missing something here?
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SQL server taking too much time in opening properties in SSMS

I am using sql server express 2008 r2 SP2 from about 2 years. Now a days when i try to check properties of database using sql server management studio it takes too much time(25 to 30 seconds) to open ...
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Connecting to sql azure from ssms throw exception 'sys.configurations'

Connecting to Sql Server Azure from MSSQL Server MGMT Studio, following exception occures : Cannot connect to xxxxxxxxx.database.windows.net An exception occured while executing a Transact-SQL ...
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Warn about table recreation on table change

By default, if you try to change a table using the designer making any of the following changes, you get an error message: You change the Allow Nulls setting for a column. You reorder columns in the ...
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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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SSMS command to disconnect after query has finished

In SQL Server Management Studio, is there any way (for example a SQLCMD command or something) to get the SQL script window to automatically disconnect as soon as the query has finished executing?
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Cannot change the Delete Rule of a self referencing foreign-key-relationship to cascade delete

I have the following table [dbo].[myObj] ( [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [fk_ParentID] [int] NULL ) and I have a relationship from fk_ParentID to ID. I want to change the Delete Rule ...
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Intellisense in SSMS 2012 not working for 2008 server

I did most of the solutions provided here. I know about enabling IntelliSense clearing the cache connecting to a server >= SQL Server 2008 using the latest SQL Server Service Pack and it works ...
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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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Why would a query in code be slower than a query in a SQL tool

When we face performance issues with out application, one of the first things we do is try to isolate if the problem is the code, the queries or the database itself. The most frustrating part of this ...
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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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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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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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Non-clustered index with all columns for “select * from”?

I have a simple SELECT * FROM MyTable WHERE DataDate = '18-AUG-2013' query on a table that contains 340 columns and 3.4M rows. Running estimated Execution plan in SSMS (Ctrl-L) suggests I create a ...
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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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Connect to SQL Server 2012 running on Azure VM via local SSMS 2012

I have been testing VM on Azure. I have created a SQL VM running SQL 2012 on Windows 2012 and would like to connect to it via SSMS 2012 on my local instead of connecting via RDP through Azure Portal. ...
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How to disable SSMS table designer timeout?

How do i disable the Table Designer timeout in SQL Server Management Studio? Background This KB Article seems to indicate that if you stop overriding the Designer timeout: To resolve this ...
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SQL Server Management Studio 2012 - horrible blue background [closed]

I've just installed SSMS 2012 and when I loaded it up I was presented with a nasty blue background - it looks so bad that I honestly thought something was broken, but apparently it's supposed to look ...
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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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To run SQL Server Profiler or to use the SQL Server Agent's Jobs function in SSMS or …?

I have a problem here - I wish to keep track of all transaction executed on the SQL Server but was wondering how should I proceed. If I were to use the SQL Server Profiler and configure it to store ...
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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 ...
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Connecting to an SQL Azure Database from SSMS - IP Restriction

I am trying to connect to a new SQL Azure Database via SQL Server Management Studio. The client box running SSMS is hosted on a production DB so we restrict access on 1433 to just a handful of IPs ...
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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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How to make SQL Server Management Studio use latest version of SQL Server?

I'm upgrading my dev machine from Windows 7 to 8. While installing earlier versions of Visual Studio it installed SQL Server 2005. I then went to this site and downloaded and installed SQL Server ...
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SQL server windows authentication through network

I am using sql server 2008 r2.There are about 50 pc in my office connected in network by using LAN.In a sql server 2008 r2 express(installed in windows 8) i have created all users windows account with ...