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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Within SSMS, I'm not sure there's an easy way to do that. But a simple query will return you the information (without the password of a connection string, obviously):

    'data source=' + @@servername +
    ';initial catalog=' + db_name() +
    case type_desc
        when 'WINDOWS_LOGIN' 
            then ';trusted_connection=true'
            ';user id=' + suser_name()
from sys.server_principals
where name = suser_name()

Note, db_name() will return the current database name if there is no parameter specified, so that is dependent on your current scope.

  • just for info: in SSMS 2010, the view sys.server_principals doesn't exist yet. But we can use the table syslogin (if I recall correctly) Oct 1, 2015 at 5:54
  • I am new to SSMS. I created a new query with above code and ran it. It says "query executed successfully" but where would I find actual the results? Output window only shows "app exited with error code 0".
    – Redoman
    Jun 13, 2018 at 5:57

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