Autogrow All Files Feature in SSMS 18.0 Preview 4

One of the small improvements in SSMS 18.0 Preview 4 is the addition of an “Autogrow All Files” checkbox in the Database Properties dialog on Filegroups page as shown in Figure 1. This is another nice change that will hopefully make it easier for more people to enable this setting because the tooling actually makes […]

Backup Checksum Feature in SSMS 18.0 Preview 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see a new “Backup checksum” checkbox in the Server Properties, Database Settings dialog page (as shown in Figure 1). This was something that I had been asking for for quite awhile, so I appreciate that it has been added to SSMS. This simply provides tool support for the backup checksum […]

Recent SQL Server Software Updates

The third week of March 2018 has seen a plethora of SQL Server related software updates from Microsoft. These include: SQL Server 2017 CU5 SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU8 SQL Server 2014 SP2 CU11 This list covers all of the currently supported branches of these major versions of SQL Server, meaning that if you are […]

SQL Server Management Studio Changes and Servicing

For the SQL Server 2016 release cycle, Microsoft has separated SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) from the rest of the SQL Server 2016 product. This new standalone version of SSMS (which is completely free) is designed to work with SQL Server 2008 through SQL Server 2016. It may also work with SQL Server 2000 and […]