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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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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General access denied error while using import data in SSMS

I am using SQL Server Management Studio with the following version information below: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 10.50.4000.0 Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) ...
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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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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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Large queries are slower in SSMS

I have a large table, about 750M rows. I have an application using Entity Framework to load and parse data, a query that returns 2 million rows takes 4 seconds. The same exact query takes 8 seconds ...
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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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Remove Database from SQL Management Studio Database List

I'm working with MS SQL Express 2008 and Visual Studio 2010. If you are attached to a local MDF file how do you remove it from the Databases list without deleting the file? The reason is to purge the ...
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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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Can SQL Server stop me from running an UPDATE statement without a WHERE clause?

Whenever I have to run an update statement, I always get nervous that I might forget the WHERE clause and overwrite the entire column in the database. Is there any setting or plugin or addon I can ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Error on creating database in SSMS

I am using SQL Server Management Studio 2008. I am connect to localhost and I want to create a database. When I click on New Database, type the name and click ok, I get the message: Index was ...
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force to forget logins

How can I force SSMS to forget the recently used logins? Of course I use "SQL Server Authentication" with Login/Password fields. (It get's annoying, as everytime I open SSMS it shows the "Connect to ...
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Can you edit the context menu options?

Is there a way (registry hack is acceptable) to remove options from the context menus in SSMS? Specifically I'd like to remove the delete option from the context menu when you right click on a ...
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Query data before a commit transaction

My understanding is that, in a MS SQL Server Management Studio window, after doing a "begin transaction" and then making some changes like add data to a table , you can only query that table and those ...
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Specific user can't view database contents

I have a particular user, let's call it TheUser. This user is able to connect to my SQL Server instance and view a list of the databases. However, upon expanding a database to view tables, stored ...
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How do I rebuild single full text catalog (or why is “rebuild” full text catalog option disabled)

In SSMS. I have Full Text Catalog defined. If I select "Full Text Catalogs" folder - there is an option "Rebuild All" and it is enabled. But if I select individual FTC - "Rebuild" option (in context ...
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Display query which SSMS executes from Interface/WYSIWYG edits

If I am to add a new column to a table in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 via the interface/WYSIWYG (as opposed to writing a SQL query) this will, behind the scenes, create a SQL query which it will ...
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How can I get a copy of the SQL generated by Management Studio?

If I save a table in Management Studio's Table Designer for example, I believe it runs DDL SQL in the background. Is it possible for me to grab this SQL so that I can save it to a file?
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SQl Server Password Change after installation

I have installed SQL Server 2005, but at the time of installation I forgot to change my password. Now I can access my database only in window authentication mode, and I want to access the database in ...
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Why is query using Clustered Index when it shouldn't?

Let us presume I have a table named Category in a SQL Server 2005 database. Category has category_id (bigint, identity) as its primary key and name (nvarchar(50)). There is obviously a clustered ...
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how to turn off delimiters in generated SQL scripts for data types in SQL Server Management Studio

We are a software engineering firm. We use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to generate the few scripts we need to build and upgrade our databases. While it does an OK job, it bugs me that it ...
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MSSQL Mixed-Mode Users cant connect unless they are in the server sysadmin role

SQL Server 10.0.5520 (2008 std sp3) My goal is to enable data connections in SSMS or Visual Studio for windows users w/out them being sysadmins. Ideally this would be done through Active Directory ...
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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 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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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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Why evaluates “IS NULL” in SSMS interactive mode to “TRUE” but the same statement being executed in a SP to “FALSE”? [closed]

Given DECLARE @IN__CUST_NO INT DECLARE @OUT__USER_ID INT SET @IN__CUST_NO = 1000006660 CASE 1: IS NULL evaluates TRUE Since no CUSTOMER_NUMBER with the value of 1000006660 exists in our dummy ...
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Migrate Data and/or Schema from DBv1 to DBv2

I have a production database which has been plugging away for several months. I have been making modifications to a duplicate copy on a test/dev server. I've added some additional fields (null ...
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Meaning of SSMS database icon preceded by scroll with red x

SSMS 2008 R2, connecting to a 2008 instance shows the above glyph in SSMS Object Explorer. None of our other instances show that icon. I've moused over it in the vain hopes that I'd get a useful ...
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SMSS 2014 Network Server browser is empty

I trying to setup a MSSQL 2014 environment and I installed SQL Server Management tools for a dedicated management computer to reach database server nodes easily without starting this resource-hungry ...
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What does Reinitialize All Subscriptions actually do to the databases

I tried to find the answer and came across these MSDN pages but they don't actually explain what happens really: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms152771.aspx ...
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SSMS 2008 Object exploer not showing

Has anyone seen this issue. I am using SSMS 2008 (x64 Version 10.0.5768.0) on Win 2008 R2 machine. Management studio crashed and then when I launch it, it doesn't show Object Explorer even when I ...
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How can I test sql scripts intended to run with sqlcmd -v in Sql Server Management Studio

From msdn I learn, that the Variable Precedence of :Setvar X Y is higher, than that of sqlcmd -v X=Y. I want to write a script, that uses the variables supplied to sqlcmd with the -v option, but ...
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Querying MySQL and SQL Server from same IDE

I am currently working with MySQL and SQL Server. For querying MySQL I use MySQL Workbench, for SQL Server I use SQL Server Management Studio. I am mixing up shortcuts all the time. For instance, ...
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Linking SQL Server tables to a PostgreSQL Server

I have a SQL Server 2005 instance and also a PostgreSQL 9.3 running on the same network, I would like to know if its possible to somehow create or have 'views' on a database within the PostgreSQL ...
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How do I add keyboard shortcuts in SSMS 2012 to run a specific query?

How do I add keyboard shortcuts in SSMS 2012 to select all the data from table? In SSMS 2008 we could assign a shortcut in the following way: ...
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SSMS and Unicode fonts in grid results

I wrote this simple update query: update foo set test ='褠ఓ�ᵂ뱗텬㰗' where id = 1 [test] is an nvarchar(16) column. It's going to contain an encrypted value. In SSMS (10.50) I've set the font for ...
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IntelliSense alternative using SSMS 2012 in a contained database as a contained user?

According to this answer about contained database disadvantages: If you connect to a contained database as a contained user, SSMS will not fully support IntelliSense. You'll get basic ...
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Cannot connect remotely to sql server 2012 instance using SSMS

I have installed sql server 2012 Express on a local network machine, then added a new login: "sqlUser" mapped to "database1", and configured the instance to accept the remote access with both Windows ...
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Question about new behavior of current connection combobox in SQL Server 2012

I have a question about the new behavior of the database selection combobox in SQL Server 2012 (Press Ctrl + U to move your focus to it). It seems that, unlike in SQL Server 2008 R2, clicking in the ...
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Is there a way to load a sql script with a specified encoding into a running SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)?

Just as the question says. I have scripts with 3 different encodings and feel offended by having to manually select of about 200 possibles I was never interested in. ( I didn't count them ).