Cannot Launch SQL Server Management Studio

Microsoft SQL ServerI work on a variety of test and demo systems and recently stumbled across an oddity with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS); when I tried to launch it using the shortcut, the splash screen would display, stay on screen for a few seconds before disappearing with SSMS never starting, but no error message appearing or showing in the logs.

If I tried to start it by typing ssms in a command prompt I received the following error:

ssms error

ssms1

Windows cannot find 'ssms'. Make sure you rtyped the name correctly, and then try again.

I did some exploring and found this article on Stackoverflow which resolved my problem.

Find the Ssms.exe.config file and erase the line <NgenBind_OptimizeNonGac enabled="1" />:

Noterpad.exe showing Ssms.exe.config

How To Install Microsoft SQL Server 2017: Install SQL Server Management Studio

Microsoft SQL ServerIn this short series of posts, I am going to be covering the installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2017; the installation process for this version is somewhat different to previous ones, in that SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Reporting Services have been separated out from the main installer.

The series index can be found here. I am not a SQL expert and this series of posts is intended only for use on demo or test environment and not production ones.

The next component to be installed, is SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). This was the first of the components which Microsoft removed from the main installer. However, to install it, we can launch the download page from the Setup utility.

Once launched, click Installation and then select Install SQL Server Management Tools:

SQL Server Installation Center - Installation

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Change SQL Query Results Length

Microsoft Dynamics GPWhen you execute a query in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, you can chooe to output the result to text, but this is limited to 256 characters which can not always be enough (my next planned post will have an example of this).

The setting for this can be changed in Tools >> Options.

Change the field Maximum number of characters displayed in each column from 256 to 8000:

Click OK to save the change; you will need to click the New Query button for the change to take effect.