Why did my SQL Server database just go offline?

Note: This post contains a video clip where I show quirky behaviour of the scripted offline task. Personally I rarely use SQL Server Management Studio GUI to do day-to-day tasks, I rather just load a window and start typing stuff (I learn better that way). Recently I became lazy and just loaded up the tool and found something quite quirky, let me explain.

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SSMS Presenter Mode

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) release candidate 17.0 RC2 works side-by-side with generally available releases (16.x), but it is not recommended for production use. There are many enhancements which you can read here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/sql-server-management-studio-ssms-release-candidate but there is one feature I really like. It is called Presenter Mode and it is something I will use for my upcoming presentation. (Yes you read that right – might as well try presenting because apparently I like talking)

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SSMS 2016 Bug

I have been using SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) 2016 build number 13.0.15900.1 and noticed that if you wanted to manage compression you couldn’t as it is greyed out.

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 13.0.15900.1


The actual message that you are presented states: Tables with sparse columns cannot be compressed – I have no sparse columns.

I never had this issue with SQL Server 2014 Management Studio:

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio           12.0.4100.1


The next release of SSMS is now available build number 13.0.16000.28 – see link https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt238290.aspx

I am happy because it addresses this issue, item number 4 from the above link states: Fixed the issue that “Manage Compression” menu item is disabled for the user table nodes in object explorer tree.



SSMS 2016& Azure SQL DBs

When using the latest version of SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) there is a small but handy little feature that I noticed when you are connected to an Azure (logical) SQL Server.

So below I have 2 screen shots – 1 when connected to an “earthed” SQL Server versus the Azure server. I right click on a database, can you see the difference?

Earthed SQL Server




Well, there are couple of differences but the one I am interested in has been circled – “open in management portal”.

Obviously this will only work if the machine you are working on has a connection to the internet.

So you click it – it loads the portal.


BUT – it takes you to https://manage.windowsazure.com I rather it pointed to https://portal.azure.com


I definitely have the subscription and permission to access it, soon as I click the portal.Azure.com option it works fine. Perhaps a slight tweak needed?