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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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SSMS causing Event ID 4674: SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege

Somewhat of a strange one. Recently my user id's been showing up in a number of Audit Success records in the Security event log of one of our production database servers with the below content (or ...
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How database users see their objects in sql server

I have a large SQL Server 2008 database that has many tables, stored procedures, and functions. This database also has several users. How can I make it so that each user, after connecting to the ...
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In Job Step > Properties, only see two tabs: Package and Configuration

I am trying to set a job step that executes a package to use the 32-bit runtime, as it uses the SQL 10 driver against a SQL 2000 database. The job is running on SQL Server 2012. I see all kinds of ...
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Databases list not showing up?

This morning when I logged into SQL Server Management Studio (v 10.0.16) I clicked on the databases node and saw all by db's (they are hosted remotely) as I have done for the last 3 years. This ...
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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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Is it OK to blindly add missing indexes?

I often use SSMS to test my slow stored procedures for missing indexes. Whenever I see a "Missing Index (Impact xxx)" my kneejerk reaction is to just create the new index. This results in a faster ...
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Why does GO affect my SELECT? [closed]

I am experiencing a very weird behaviour from the Management Studio GO. I am following the full-Text Search tutorial and I run the following query over adventure works SELECT ...
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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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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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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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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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Auto-generate scripts to create tables, indexes, etc

In SSMS, we can right click a database/table/index/... and select the "Script As" option to generate a drop and create script. Is there a way to automate this script generation and drop the scripts ...
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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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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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Proper way to export database to other servers

I am using SSMS (I am a software developer, not a DBA) and in each application release I need to release the database with its tables (some with data some with scheme only). I tried doing 3 things ...