One of the things that has always frustrated me with Microsoft’s tools like SSMS and Visual Studio, is the sheer depth of the tool. Figuring out how to create an SSRS or SSIS package in Visual Studio the first few times can result in half a day wasted. SSMS can be just as bad some days. So it’s nice when you come across a blog series that points out features or tips and tricks you may not know about.

Wayne Sheffield has created a blog series on SSMS pointing out tips and tricks to help make learning these things easier. It’s worth checking out.

A month of SSMS tips and tricks

Awhile back Russ Thomas did 31 days of SSMS and that link is here.

31 days if SSMS

Every so often, you come across game changing information. Most of the time, this type of information costs money. So it is EXTREMELY rare to come across this type of information for free. With that being said, I want to give a shout out, and HUGE Thank You, to Brent Ozar for putting all the energy and giving back to the SQL community as he has with the Group By sessions. They are just awesome.

With all the training options out there, I often run behind trying to keep up. Thankfully the Group By videos are posted on YouTube. This one session though, has just blown my mind with useful shortcuts in SSMS. I’ll definitely be rewatching this video a few times.