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  1. Add a Keyboard Shortcut that Executes the Statement where the Cursor is placed

    Having to select statements by clicking and holding the mouse is just bad ergonomics. Request to have a keyboard shortcut which runs the current sql statement. The current sql statement is defined based on where the cursor is placed. For example, proposed shortcut runs only runs a single sql statement to the next semicolon. This shortcut would be an equivalent to Oracle's SQL developer's ctrl + enter shortcut. Note that this is probably the most used shortcut in SQL Developer and not having an equivalent on SQL Server Management Studio is disappointing. I know that not everyone ends their statements…

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    • Azure AD authentication in Import Export wizard in SSMS

      Ssms 2017 doesn't have the capability to use Azure AD authentication in Import/Export wizard.
      We have stopped providing Sql authenticated users to support people, we are using AD authentication which works seamlessly. However there is one more place in SSMS which requires the functionality.

      When users try to use import export wizard they dont have possibility to use Azure AD authentication instead they need to use a SQL authentication which completely ruins our security setup and going back to the old way of accessing Azure Sql db.

      Can the SSMS team add this little functionality so that it does in…

      24 votes
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      • SSMS 2016 does not remember added SQL Snippets folder

        You can add your own snippets in SSMS bij using the Code Snippet Manager.
        In the Code Snippet Manager window you have the possibility to add a folder containing customer snippets by using the "Add..." button.
        This works fine as long as you're not closing SSMS. After restarting SSMS you have to add the folder again because it is no longer available in the snippets.

        23 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • SQL History SSMS

          In SSMS, keep track of all SQL run within SSMS and enable recall to run again. Store in local file/db. Do not store results but do store result stats. Such as Execution Time, Number of rows returned, date executed.

          Click to open in new window. Allow choice of connection to run against.

          20 votes
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          • Move SSMS and Updates into WSUS

            I want to control SSMS and updates via WSUS. Please add to the catalog for importing or add to Products under SQL Server in the WSUS catalog.

            18 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Setup + Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • SEQUENCE gets reset on Publish from SSDT DB Project

              When you add a sequence to a database project and have it start at 1 and then deploy the project to a database, the first time it gets created correctly.
              When you get more values and the sequence next value is 100 and then publish the project again, the publish generates an ALTER SEQUENCE dbo.SequencObject RESTART WITH 1; statement and that should not happen when the sequence object already exists.

              18 votes
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              • SSMS 17 Tools > Options > Environment > Fonts and Colors missing Display items

                In a generic SSMS 17.2 install on a Windows 7 64-bit workstation, if I open Tools > Options > Environment > Fonts and Colors, I only get 3 items in the 'Display items:' list: Plain Text, Selected Text, and Inactive Selected Text. I have no options to change anything else. In my SSMS 2016 install, I have over 200 items in the 'Display items:' pick list. Comparison screenshot here: https://imgur.com/a/XiGMm

                I have tried resetting all settings to default in the Import and Export Settings Wizard. No change.

                16 votes
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                  10 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Performance Dashboard / Expensive Queries / copy query text

                  When using the reports in the SSMS Performance Dashboard, you are unable to copy the query text from any of the "expensive queries" reports. Make it so you can either click to view the query in a new query window, or right-click the query to copy the text for pasting into a new window.

                  14 votes
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                  • SQL Server Management Studio - search interface bug, crashing SSMS

                    There is a bug in SQL Server Management Studio (17.9 and all below) that force the application to crash/restart. In order to reproduce follow the steps below:

                    1. Select database from the object explorer
                    2. Press F7 to open Object Explorer Details window and perform a search to object
                    3. After the search completes, select the object, right click on it and then click "synchronized" from the menu.
                    4. Then click the `BACK` button several times (fast). You will get the following error:

                    "There is already a commandd handler for the menu command 'guid goes here: 189."

                    After several clicks…

                    13 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SSMS v17 - Object must implement IConvertible. (mscorlib)

                      When a query is selected with the mouse/keyboard, and then "Analyze Query in Database Engine Tuning Advisor" option in the context menu is selected the following error appears.

                      "The argument type 'server type = Sql, server name = KSHQ-DB, timeout = 30, database = KSH_Cloudcare, protocol = NotSpecified, workstation = , integrated security = True' cannot be converted into parameter type 'Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common.SqlConnectionInfo'. (mscorlib)
                      Object must implement IConvertible. (mscorlib)"

                      8 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        This is a known issue and it is being fixed (probably in the next major release of SSMS).

                        Aside from the workaround listed here (update the dtashell.exe.config), another “workaround” is to upgrade from a previous version of SSMS 17.x (e.g. going from 17.4 to 17.5): that has the nice side effect of fixing the dtashell.exe.config as well.

                      • Remove Brackets from SSMS script generation

                        I won�t argue technical merits and I doubt this will sway the 800 lb. gorilla. But all one need do is listen to the chatter on the internet to realize that the use of brackets in SSMS script generation is a royal PIA. I respectfully request an option to remove them in SSMS. At the end of the day, you know this can be done and it would make a whole lot of of MSFT customers happy. Thank you.

                        7 votes
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                        • new TRANSLATE function syntax not recognized by SSMS 17.3

                          The new TRANSLATE function is not recognized as valid syntax by SSMS 17.3 intellisense, though it executes just fine against SQL Server 17 instances. The TRANSLATE syntax is underlined in red with the warning "'TRANSLATE' is not a recognized built-in function name"

                          Tested against SQL Server 17 RTM.

                          7 votes
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                          • Locate backups in azure container fails when Shared Access Signature contains sip parameter

                            1. I have a SAS created as here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/lesson-1-create-stored-access-policy-and-shared-access-signature, but i added ip restrictions (IpRange argument in GetSharedAccessSignature ), so that sas contains paramter sip=x.x.x.x-y.y.y.y
                            2. When I use this SAS in SSMS 17.4 to restore the backup, then in the "Locate Backup File In Microsoft Auzre" popup i cannot see any files. The reason is that SSMS issues invalid rest call, as it does not include the sip parameter, and that is the reason why the call is not authorized.

                            7 votes
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                            • Unable to horizontal scroll Results pane via mouse wheel in SSMS

                              My mouse has a horizontal scroll wheel. I can use the horizontal scroll in the Query pane, but if I select the Results pane, I can't scroll horizontally using my mouse. If I scroll to the left by dragging the scroll bar, and then try to use the horizontal scroll wheel on my mouse, the Results pane snaps to the leftmost position.

                              6 votes
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                                planned  ·  Matteo Taveggia responded

                                Thanks for the reporting the issue. We’ll take a look at it and prioritize accordingly.

                              • SSMS - Grid Results Background Colour

                                Please can you fix the issue with the grid results background colour being ignored in SSMS? If you try and change the colour, it always stays at white. This bug has been around since SQL 2005!!! Surely it's just one line of code, "background.color=xxxx"? - How can you let this bug drag on for at least 11 years!! The dark themes in Visual Studio work perfectly, why can't we have this is SSMS?

                                6 votes
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                                • Unable to script out ExternalDataSource of type BLOB_STORAGE.

                                  It appears SSMS v17.7 does not know how to script out the external data source. I am getting this error when attempting to script out an existing data source.

                                  TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
                                  ------------------------------

                                  Unexpected value for enumeration type 5. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

                                  For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&ProdVer=14.0.17254.0+((SSMS_Rel_17_4).180502-0908)&EvtSrc=Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.ExceptionTemplates.WrongPropertyValueExceptionText&LinkId=20476

                                  Attempting to look at Properties in the right click context menu also produces an error

                                  TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
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                                  Cannot show requested dialog.

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                                  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

                                  Invalid DataSourceType (SqlManagerUI)

                                  Here is the version information:
                                  Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 14.0.17254.0
                                  Microsoft Analysis Services Client Tools 14.0.1016.251
                                  Microsoft Data Access Components…

                                  5 votes
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                                    Thanks for the reporting the issue. We’ll take a look at it and prioritize accordingly.

                                  • SSMS: Object Explorer Filtering allows for SQL Injection (oops)

                                    When applying filters in Object Explorer (in any "Filter Settings" dialog) in SSMS 17.9.1 and 2018 Preview 6 (and possibly versions prior to 17), it is possible to inject SQL into the query executed by SSMS, simply by using a single quote / apostrophe. Yes, the app code clearly escapes a single apostrophe into two apostrophes, but the string containing the apostrophe is concatenated into a Dynamic SQL string executed via sp_executesql. The string entered via the UI to filter on is intended to be used within a string literal within the Dynamic SQL string. In this case I filtered…

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                                    • Appending datetime to the end of ""Commands completed successfully ... 2018-03-05 09:28:10.1829207"

                                      When I make any change to a stored procedure & compile it (F5),
                                      besides just returning ...
                                      "Commands completed successfully."

                                      Could we append a datetime to the end of that please ?
                                      "Commands completed successfully ... 2018-03-05 09:28:10.1829207"

                                      Buddy

                                      4 votes
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                                      • SSMS: Allow forcing case-insensitive matching in Object Explorer filters

                                        In SSMS, when filtering objects in Object Explorer, comparisons on string properties (e.g. Name) use the collation of the database or instance, depending on whether you are filtering database-level or instance-level meta-data, respectively. Hence, when either level is using either a case-sensitive or binary collation, it is not possible to do a case-insensitive search of objects at that level. Having a "case-insensitive" check-box per each filterable Property would be super awesome 😺. Even better might be a "flip case sensitivity" check-box that would then also make it a case-sensitive comparison in an otherwise case-insensitive context.

                                        This situation lead to the…

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                                          Thanks for filing this request. We’ll take a look at it and prioritize.

                                        • SQL Server Management Studio: Restore Database from Device HANGS on clicking "..."

                                          When I wish to restore a database from a *.back file, I go into SSMS, select Tasks->Restore Database, and on the dialog, I click the "From Device" radio button, and then click the "..." button to browse to the *.bak file I wish to restore. This then HANGS for MINUTES before the "select a backup device" dialog appears and allows me to drill down and select the backup file.

                                          I have literally HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS (maybe THOUSANDS) of *.bak files on a big data drive with lots of folders. It seems like it might be trying to iterate over all…

                                          3 votes
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