Category: SSMS

October 26, 2017
What Happened to the Tools Gauge in My SSRS Dashboard?

In the screenshot below, you can see that there is clearly an issue with the Tools gauge in my SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) dashboard. The purple arrow is pointing…

October 23, 2017
How Do I Enable CLR within SQL Server?

If you take a copy of your System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) database and put it on your laptop (or anywhere else) without SQL Server common language runtime (CLR) enabled,…

October 19, 2017
How Do You Install SQL Server Data Tools?

Many of my blog posts about tips and tricks for reporting (mostly SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)) focus on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Recently I noticed, while writing another…

October 11, 2017
Does SQL Server Database Compatibility Level Matter?

Not long ago, I was dealing with a performance problem involving a very simple SQL Server query. To give you an idea about what I mean, this query took over…

October 5, 2017
Why is Using a SQL Server Alias for Column Names Important?

Here’s the error message that I kept getting, “Could not update a list of fields for the query. Verify that you can connect to the data source and that your…

September 12, 2017
Cloud Reporting: How to Setup a Linked Server

By Garth Jones What about cloud reporting? What if your cloud provider doesn’t have the tools that you need to create reports from a database in the cloud? These were…

August 16, 2017
What Are the Four-Part Names of a SQL Server Object?

By Garth Jones The purpose of this blog post is to help you identify the four possible parts of a SQL Server object. System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) reports are…

June 14, 2017
Five Tips for Query Designer

By Garth Jones In my previous blog post, Query Designer in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), I showed you how to access Query Designer (also known as Design Query in…

June 8, 2017
Query Designer in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

By Garth Jones The other day I was showing a ConfigMgr Administrator how to write a query and also how to create drill-throughs from within his reports. I began by…

May 24, 2017
Error: 40 – Could Not Open a Connection to SQL Server

By Garth Jones I’m working on a project to create a SQL Server reporting database; basically it’s a clone of the ConfigMgr database for querying and reporting only. This server…