I can connect SQL Server Management Studio to a SQL DB by passing command line parameters like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\....\Ssms.exe" -E -S SERVERNAME -d DB_NAME -nosplash

(Obviously -E is for window Authentication)

This connects to the SQL Server. But I often find I want to connect to an Analysis Server instance instead. Can anyone tell me the command line option please?

2 Answers 2


There isn't one.

SSMS command-line options help screen

But... why open and close Management Studio all the time? Leave it open and use the Registered Servers list (View | Registered Servers).

  • In my work I login to multiple clients over the course of a day and have to log in and out. Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 2:03
  • @PreetSangha: So for each client you would need to set up a shortcut... why not set up Registered Servers instead? You'll undoubtedly need access to other servers as well.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 2:21
  • Will look into it. Will registered servers give me the full break down of objects like sps, tables etc? Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 2:52
  • @PreetSangha: Registered Servers is just a saved, organized list of servers: it makes connecting to servers easier (less typing). You can also use it to leverage multi-server queries and Policy-Based Management over server infrastructure.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 2:59
  • @PreetSangha: You're welcome. Let me know if you have any other questions.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 3:27

I don't know of a parameter which will make that happen. None of the documented parameters will tell it to switch to another instance type.

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