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  1. dont remove debugging from ssms 18.0

    what is ssms:

    SSMS is an integrated environment for managing any SQL infrastructure, from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. SSMS provides tools to configure, monitor, and administer instances of SQL. Use SSMS to deploy, monitor, and upgrade the data-tier components used by your applications, as well as build queries and scripts.

    --> build queries and scripts

    if you remove debugging from ssms --> https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2018/10/03/ssms-18-0-public-preview-released/

    ssms will be degraded to an simple editor with some nice helpers to write sql but not an integrated enveronment to write scripts and common database objects.

    every developer will write good and working code,…

    191 votes
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  2. Database diagrams on new release 18 not work

    I installed SSMS 18.0 and cannot find Database diagrams folder. It is just missing. Where is the problem?

    92 votes
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  3. Removing dependency of MDS on SilverLight.

    Removing dependency of MDS on SilverLight.

    This dependency is preventing MDS from being used outside of POCs.

    34 votes
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  4. SQL Server basic availability groups should support more than 1 database

    SQL Server Basic Availability Group should allow N number of databases to be supported. Currently this feature supports two replica's which is fine, but only support one database to part of the basic availability group. As always-on is strategic offering for availability and has been around since SQL 2012, the basic availability group feature in standard edition should allow more than 1 database. I would suggest N databases or whatever the Always-on technical limit is.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/availability-groups/windows/basic-availability-groups-always-on-availability-groups?view=sql-server-2017
    Other database vendors offer such feature outside of enterprise edition.

    22 votes
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  5. Double click on *.sql file opens another instance of SSMS

    When you have:
    1. SSMS set up as a default editor for *.sql files (and)
    2. SSMS already started with "Connect to Database Engine" dialog window open
    and you are trying open a .sql file by double-click, it starts another instance of SSMS and opens .sql file there.
    My suggestion is to change the behavior to open the file in the exisiting instance of SSMS.

    21 votes
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  6. SQL Server Management studio for Windows on ARM (ARM64)

    The Surface Pro X received a lukewarm reception for reviewers, but has been consistently sold out and has quite the popularity. More ARM64 apps are needed to truly get this product going

    SSMS 18 and 17 cannot install on the Surface Pro X. The installer runs, but fails due to architecture. Going back to a build of SSMS from the past, SSMS 16, allows me to install it, but I'm missing the newer features.

    Could we please get a build of SSMS for ARM64? I can't imagine this would be a difficult task given Visual Studios ability to compile for…

    20 votes
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  7. database Diagrams

    Hello, maybe would be good idea id MSSMS 2018 also provide Database Diagrams like the MSSMS versions before it.

    18 votes
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  8. T-SQL for changing table column order

    Once a table is created, the ordinal position of the columns is fixed. This is especially problematic for large data warehouse tables, where new columns are expected to be added over time.

    The only solution currently to re-order columns is to drop and recreate the table (or let the SSMS designer do this for you), but this is often not feasible for a large, highly used table, and it cannot be easily scripted.

    Please add some ALTER syntax that will allow changing column order.

    18 votes
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  9. New SQL version of SQL Server

    Would love to see sql server go the direction of nuodb or memsql and implement a fully distributed version of MS SQL SERVER.

    17 votes
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  10. Please put the debugger back in SQL Server Management Studio 18.x

    As of version 18.3.1 the debugger has been removed from SSMS. I read we are supposed to use a different tool for running stack traces or stepping through our code. This is very disappointing having an integrated debugger in the IDE is something programmers use very often.

    Without the debugger my workflow is slower since I need to open a differing tool. Does the development team prefer we just use Visual Studio or some third party tool from a differing vendor. Or go back to SSMS 17.x? Please bring the debugger back.

    16 votes
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  11. Open source Microsoft.SqlServer.SqlParser.dll + Release as nuget package

    It's not great to have to manually reference Microsoft.SqlServer.SqlParser.dll when we need to parse TSQL code.

    Open sourcing and releasing as a nuget package would open up a number of very interesting scenario that would empower the sql server community.
    For us, we want to pre-process our scripts with macros and also format consistently but I imagine there would be other cool scenarios such as linters and code analyzers.

    15 votes
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  12. SQL Server 2019 Snapshot Agent Error

    I was trying to configure an SQL Server 2019 transactional replication, but the snapshot agent returns an error. Running it from command line i got the folloing error:

    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Command Text: select count_big() from sys.tables
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Parameters:
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 [0%] The replication agent had encountered an exception.
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Source: Replication
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Exception Type: Microsoft.SqlServer.Replication.ReplicationAgentException
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Exception Message: An unspecified error had occurred in the native SQL Server connection component.
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Message Code: 55012
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91

    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Call Stack:
    2019-12-18 12:54:33.91 Microsoft.SqlServer.Replication.ReplicationAgentException: An unspecified error had occurred in the native SQL Server connection

    14 votes
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  13. Favorites (Procs, Tables, etc)

    I'd like the abilities to favorites stored procedures, tables, anything, for quick access.

    11 votes
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  14. 10 votes
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  15. Filter user defined table types

    Please add the filter option on ssms to filter user defined table types by name.

    9 votes
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  16. Make SSDT "just work"

    SSDT is great once set up, but the initial amount to get some real world code working is often a show-stopper.
    Having to use variables for cross-database references is often over-engineered for simple projects. Please let us just use the simple notation [server].[db].[schema].[object] as in SQL Server. This is enough for 99% percent of the cases and the SQL Code does not have to be changed after import.

    7 votes
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  17. Display Tool Tips for SSAS tabular Model's Measure's descriptions for excel client

    Currently SSAS (2016 or 2017 ) model does not have the ability to show measure descriptions or a custom Text as a tooltip for users that are browsing cube.

    7 votes
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  18. in-memory oltp cascade delete

    Add support to In-Memory OLTP to ON DELETE CASCADE / SET NULL on foreign keys deletion

    6 votes
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  19. DATETRUNC(datepart,datevalue) instead of dateadd-datediff

    The generally accepted way to truncate some part of a datetime is:
    DATEADD(datepart,0,DATEDIFF(datepart,0,datevalue))
    To save us from much typing, and probalby a good amount of CPU due to a good implementation, I propose we create a new function exactly for that:
    DATETRUNC(datepart,datevalue)
    which rids the datevalue of any component LESS than datepart (ie, truncates it to the dateart level)

    6 votes
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  20. SQL Documentation missing SQL Server Version since a function or DMV was added

    Since the new SQL documentations online (e.g. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/system-dynamic-management-views/sys-dm-os-nodes-transact-sql?view=sql-server-2017) there is no hint since which SQL Server Version a DMV or specific T-SQL command (e.g. IIF()) was added.

    5 votes
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