SQL Server Management Studio aka SSMS can be defined as an environment that is integrated for managing the SQL Server Infrastructure. It is a combination of tools that can be used for configuring, monitoring and administering the SQL Server. SQL Server Management Studio also makes available tools for deployment, monitoring and up-gradation of the data tier components like data warehouses and databases that are brought into use by applications and construct queries and corresponding scripts.
There are a number of benefits of SQL Server Management Studio, the most important being that it is a comprehensive utility that manages SQL Server objects. It combines a graphical interface and capabilities related to scripting. It can also be used for managing Database Engine, Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services
SQL Server Management Studio supports a number of highly developed features. The general features of the SQL Server are that it is able to support most of the administrative functions and an environment that is integrated and single allows effective authoring and management. There are dialogs that for managing various aspects like objects, Analysis and Reporting Services. Here is a screen capture of what SSMS looks like for SQL Server 2012.
It also supports new Scripting Capabilities. This is supported by the integrated script editors that are contained in the SQL Server Management Studio. The script editors allow authoring Transact-SQL, MDX, DMX, and XML/A. The main features that SQL Server Management Studio supports under this head are a dynamic environment allowing access to information without any loss of time, various ready templates and the ability to customize them, renders support for functions like editing and writing queries and scripts while providing a new interface that allows XML results to be viewed. The Object Explorer part of the SQL Server Management Studio filtration using the entire name, date or schema or a part of it and the asynchronous members are filtered using the metadata. SQL Server Management Studio supports plug-ins and add-ins (extensibility) for it s built upon the Visual Studio Isolated Shell. This allows usage of extensions that have been developed by third parties.
For all stages of development and administration, the SQL Server Management Studio provides a number of powerful tool windows. Some of these tools are capable of being used on any SQL Server part while others are limited to only specific components. The tools that can be used for all the components of SQL server and their purpose are enumerated in the table below:
Can be Viewed
|Object Explorer||This is used for browsing servers, creating and locating objects. It is also used for managing data sources and viewing logs.||This tool can be accessed from the View menu.|
|Solution Explorer||This tool is used for storing and organizing scripts and connection information. SQL Server Scripts can be stored as Solutions and use the source control for managing scripts as their evolvement takes place.||This tool can be accessed from the View menu.|
|Template Explorer||This is used for creating queries that are based on the templates that exist. Custom queries can also be created and alter the templates that are existing.||This tool can be accessed from the View menu.|
|Dynamic Help||This is used for displaying a list of Help topics that are related.||For viewing a particular topic, one needs to click on the name of the specific component.|
The tools in the SQL Server Management Studio work with each other. To explain it with an example, a server can be registered with the Object Explorer and for opening a SQL Editor window that is connected to a specific database.
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