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Microsoft SQL Server 2017 powers your entire data estate by supporting structured and unstructured data sources. It builds on previous versions of SQL Server, which have been industry leading for four years in a row and a leader in TPC-E. It scales to petabytes of data and allows customers to process big data through PolyBase using T-SQL over any data. SQL Server has also been the least vulnerable database during the last seven years. SQL Server 2017 brings data insights with business intelligence capabilities that provide analytics at a fraction of the cost on any device along with advanced analytics with support for R and Python.

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  1. binary or string data would be truncated => error message enhancments

    if you have that error (in production), it's not obvious to see which column or row this error comes from, and how to locate it exactly.
    it's even more complicated if it's coming from a trigger, for example, and not the original insert/update.

    I have seen that oracle meanwhile gives clear information which column the error is raising, which actual data length was passed, and the column's max size.

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    • 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…

      237 votes
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      • Visual Studio 2017 SSDT adds hardcoded master.dacpac include

        Visual Studio 2017 seems to add a hardcoded path to the master.dacpac if I include it in a project of mine. Older versions of the SSDT used the $(DacPacRootPath) variable to get the master.dacpac.

        This is really annoying as it breaks the builds on our build server where the master.dacpac is installed in a different folder than on my development machine.

        38 votes
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        • Remove the word "Initial" in SSMS, Object Explorer, Database Properties, Files.

          Right-click a database, Properties, Files. There's a column named "Initial Size (MB". The word "Initial" should be removed. It is incorrect to have that word there. What we see here is the current size. This is particularly confusing for tempdb since people tend to think that what you see here is indeed the initial size (size at startup, from sys.master_files), which is *not* correct. Again, you see the current size!

          23 votes
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          • Add Default Backup Checksum Option to SSMS GUI

            SSMS should have a checkbox under Server Properties, on the Database Settings page, labeled something like "Use Backup Checksums" that would toggle the sp_configure setting for "backup checksum default". This would make it easier for people to enable backup checksum default, which is a good "best practice" that the tooling should encourage.

            21 votes
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            • 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.

              16 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.

                16 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SSMS bug: missing ellipsis for truncated field values (Results to Grid)

                  This bug led me to think the values were different than actual ones: sometimes, when truncating values due to column width, SSMS 2017 (17.7) doesn't put ellipsis (…) in the end of the truncated value, and users are misled to think the value is not truncated.

                  13 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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…

                    13 votes
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                    • 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.

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                      • 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.

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                        • SSMS 17.6 crashes when clicking on a schedule in a maintenance plan

                          SQL Server Management Studio 17.6 (version 14.0.17230.0) crashes when I click on the schedule icon for a subplan (from a SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU4 instance). In Event Viewer, I find the following event from ".Net Runtime":

                          Application: Ssms.exe
                          Framework Version: v4.0.30319
                          Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
                          Exception Info: System.NullReferenceException
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SqlMgmt.ScheduleDialog.InitializeControls()
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SqlMgmt.ScheduleDialog..ctor(Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.SqlMgmt.JobScheduleData)
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.DatabaseMaintenance.DbMaintDiagramHostCtrl.ChangeShedule()
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.DatabaseMaintenance.DbMaintDiagramHostCtrl.grid_MouseButtonClicked(System.Object, Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.Grid.MouseButtonClickedEventArgs)
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.Grid.GridControl.OnMouseButtonClicked(Int64, Int32, System.Drawing.Rectangle, System.Windows.Forms.MouseButtons)
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.Grid.GridControl.HandleButtonLBtnUp(Int32, Int32)
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.Grid.GridControl.ProcessLeftButtonUp(Int32, Int32)
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.Grid.GridControl.OnMouseUp(System.Windows.Forms.MouseEventArgs)
                          at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(System.Windows.Forms.Message ByRef, System.Windows.Forms.MouseButtons, Int32)
                          at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(System.Windows.Forms.Message ByRef)
                          at Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.Grid.GridControl.WndProc(System.Windows.Forms.Message ByRef)
                          at System.Windows.Forms.Control+ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(System.Windows.Forms.Message ByRef)
                          at System.Windows.Forms.Control+ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(System.Windows.Forms.Message ByRef)
                          at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.DebuggableCallback(IntPtr, Int32, IntPtr, IntPtr)

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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.

                            12 votes
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                            • SSMS 17.5 Intellisense not working for Azure Server

                              I am running SSMS 17.5 and attaching to an Azure server with 35 Databases and over 50 users.

                              If I connect to a local DB intellisense works fine. On the Azure server there is nothing. No Intellisense at all. It is turned on (TextEditor -> IntelliSense -> Enable Intellisense) and working against other servers.

                              My questions are:

                              Could this be a bug in SSMS 17.5?
                              Is there a setting in SQL server to disable Intellisense queries?

                              10 votes
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                                The gist of the thread on MSDN is correct – Intellisense code currently falls over if your login doesn’t have any access to logical master.
                                At the root of the issue is that Intellisense tries to enumerate all databases and get their data, even on Azure, and since sys.databases returns “master” all the time that data fetch fails.
                                I haven’t found any way to write a query against sys.databases in Azure which omits “master” if the user doesn’t have access to it; so in the short term for SSMS 18.0 I will look for a way to modify Intellisense not to enumerate all the databases when connected to Azure, only the current connected database.

                              • 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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                                • 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.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • SQL Management Studio Copy Database Wizard Broken

                                    Copy Database Wizard is not working for local copy operation. v17.5 There are previous bug reports when trying to copy a SQL201x -> SQL2017 DB using management studio 17.x . However, it appears you cannot copy a SQL2017-SQL2017 DB as well using the same wizard using the SMO option when copying without taking the DB offline. ERR: Property HasMemoryOptimizedObjects is not available for Database '[test]'
                                    File attached

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                                    • 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.

                                      5 votes
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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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                                        • Vulnerability Assessment reports lists users created WITHOUT LOGIN

                                          I ran CREATE USER lilleman WITHOUT LOGIN in an SQL 2016 database. I then ran Vulnerability Assessment in that database, and this users was listed as oprhaned and to be removed. That seems wrong to me. The report should only list users that are expected to be mapped to a login but that are not.

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