• Adam Thurgar

SSMS Templates


Not many people use the templates available in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and I was one of those people until recently when I had to complete an end to end SQL Server automated installation. This included all SQL Server configurations. Now some of these are easy to script but others are a bit more difficult.

This is where we used SSMS templates.

I suppose one reason that not many people use templates is that by default when you open up SSMS the Template Explorer isn’t visible. It might be hidden behind another tab or it may actually be closed. Press Ctrl + Alt + T or use the View menu to bring it into view.

It was very useful in creating consistent scripts with all required parameters. The scripts for database mail and audit specifications were created quicker with all options.

Next time you have to create a script for a T-SQL task, have a look in the templates to see if one is available. The less code you have to write the better.


3 views

Recent Posts

See All

Cardinality estimator

Recently I was asked by a software vendor to review a particular query that ran in under a second on a SQL Server 2014 installation at a compatibility level of 110 (SQL Server 2012), but when run unde

Index fragmentation

A law firm client, occasionally has issues with their legal software, that is provided by the global leader in this field. The response from the software provider is always the same - you have index f

Deleting large amounts of data

I had a client call me about wanting to delete a large amount of data from their database. They knew what tables they wanted to delete from. They also knew that deleting large amounts of data causes t