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Overcoming Limitations of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Virtually everyone who works with Microsoft SQL Server uses SQL Server’s Management Studio (SSMS), even those with access to similar solutions. Many database professionals are quite familiar with SSMS, and it is a nice tool. However, it also has limitations. Third-party software offers capabilities such as performance monitoring, security and compliance management, backup and restore management including instant recovery, and inventory management. Third-party supplements for SSM should provide these benefits for environments that run many instances of SQL Server simultaneously as well as single instances.

Performance monitoring: SSMS displays availability and performance metrics. It is not suitable for extensive performance management. Third-party software continuously monitors large SQL Server environments. It displays alerts and summaries of alerts, and sends notifications. It performs diagnostics with deep-dive drill-downs.

Regulatory compliance: SSMS displays user activity and manages user access to databases. It is not suitable for extensive auditing. Third-party software continuously monitors large SQL Server environments. It uses lightweight data collection mechanisms that minimize server impact. It tracks user activities and data changes.

Security monitoring: SSMS displays user activity and manages user access to database. It is not suitable for extensive security management. Third-party software identifies vulnerabilities in SQL Server and Azure environments to harden security policies. It analyzes user permissions across database objects. It creates reports on user permissions.

Backup management: SSMS starts and stops backups and restores, and displays backup settings and status. It is not suitable for extensive backup and restore management. Third-party software manages large SQL Server environments. It provides dynamic compression to balance backup time against compression. It provides network failure resilience to reduce backup failures.

Inventory management: SSMS automatically discovers instances and provides basic management of instances. It is not suitable for extensive inventory management. Third-party software discovers instances with multiple advances methods. It manages large SQL Server environments. It manages editions, versions, patches, and licensing for Microsoft license requirements.

SSM lacks many capabilities that DBAs need to fulfill their roles effectively. Fortunately, third-party tools are available to fill these gaps in SSMS' functionality.


Overcoming Limitations of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Many database professionals are quite familiar with SSMS, and it is a nice tool. However, it also has limitations. Third-party software offers capabilities such as performance monitoring, security and compliance management, backup and restore management including instant recovery, and inventory management. Third-party supplements for SSM should provide these benefits for environments that run many instances of SQL Server simultaneously as well as single instances.

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