Management Studio – Faster with multiple select

Management Studio – Faster with multiple select

In SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS for close friends) but also in a multitude of text editors (such as Notepad++ for example), you can make multiple selections.

I thought it was something everyone knew, but I realize that I often look like a magician every time I do it.

I’m delighted to pretend to be Harry Potter, but I think it’s time for this little game to stop!

Look by yourself how simple it is!


You should press the keys [ALT] + [Shift] simultaneously and move your cursor [Up] and / or [Down] to select your text.

One useful case

Sometimes we have to surround our text with single quotes. (for example: to add multiple codes to an IN clause in a test query)

No need to add them one by one and make sure you do not have space at the end.
Here is the method:

Like mentioned above, this tip is not an exclusivity in SSMS, you can also do the same in many different text editor.

SSIS – Create Environment from Packages variables

SSIS – Create Environment from Packages variables

I created this script to automate some “not funny” tasks with our SSIS Catalog. If you have several SSIS projects configured in project mode (with a project.params file), when deploy them on your servers you unfortunately have to manually create the different environments.

After deploying SSIS packages, you can run the following query and use the generated SQL code.

the generated SQL script:

  • Create the different environment (Based on the name of the projects)
  • Create variables with default values (value available in packages)
  • Assigning Environments to Projects
  • Assign the environment variables to the project variables.

The following code is not clean, but it does the work! 🙂

    SSMS – Query Shortcuts : Feel like a superman developer

    SSMS – Query Shortcuts : Feel like a superman developer

    SSMS Query Shortcut

    Dear BI Developer,

    I’m pretty sure you would be happy to improve your productivity. If not, you should at least read this article to look like a superman (superwoman) developer.

    When I start a new mission, the first thing I do is to set up SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio). And because I’m the kind of guy who acts like a Microsoft BI evangelist (and also for running), I replicate my configuration on my colleague’s machines.


    In this example – CTRL + 4 – COUNT

    Select statement you want to execute, Press CTRL and 4

    SSMS will give you Nb impacted rows.

    In BI (and not only!), it’s very important to test if we have unexpected behavior with our joins.

    Does our INNER JOIN filter too much data? Or worst, does our join multiply our result set?

    A quick and easy CTRL + 4 will ensure you to respect your grain.

    How to configure Management Studio

    Open Management Studio, Go to Tools > Option…

    Under Environment > Keyboard > Query Shortcuts

    You have a list of existing shortcuts. (I don’t change them, but I neither use them too).
    You should now fill each text box with a query.

    (See image and table below)

    Queries are available on the next section

    Query Shortcuts

    Do not forget to add a space after each query.


    CTRL + 3

    1000 First Rows

    SELECT TOP 1000 * FROM

    CTRL + 4

    Nb Rows


    CTRL + 5

    All Rows


    CTRL + 6

    Describe Table

    EXEC sp_executesql N' SELECT , , , ,columns.max_length ,columns.is_nullable ,columns.is_identity FROM sys.tables tables INNER JOIN sys.schemas schemas ON schemas.schema_id = tables.schema_id INNER JOIN sys.all_columns columns ON columns.object_id = tables.object_id INNER JOIN sys.types types ON types.system_type_id = columns.system_type_id WHERE UPPER(RTRIM(LTRIM( = UPPER(RTRIM(LTRIM(REPLACE(REPLACE(@objname, '']'', ''''), ''['', '''')))) ORDER BY tables.object_id, columns.column_id',N'@objname nvarchar(776)', @objname =

    Select a table and show a quick description of attributes (Name, Datatype, size, nullable, identity)

    CTRL + 0

    All Running queries


    a better SP_Who! List all running queries (Process ID, Status (blocked or running), users, …)

    For more informations check this article

    SELECT SPID = er.session_id ,BlkBy = CASE WHEN lead_blocker = 1 THEN -1 ELSE er.blocking_session_id END ,ElapsedMS = er.total_elapsed_time ,CPU = er.cpu_time ,IOReads = er.logical_reads + er.reads ,IOWrites = er.writes ,Executions = ec.execution_count ,CommandType = er.command ,LastWaitType = er.last_wait_type ,ObjectName = OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME(qt.objectid,dbid) + '.' + OBJECT_NAME(qt.objectid, qt.dbid) ,SQLStatement = qt.text ,STATUS = ses.STATUS ,[Login] = ses.login_name ,Host = ses.host_name ,DBName = DB_Name(er.database_id) ,StartTime = er.start_time ,Protocol = con.net_transport ,transaction_isolation = CASE ses.transaction_isolation_level WHEN 0 THEN 'Unspecified' WHEN 1 THEN 'Read Uncommitted' WHEN 2 THEN 'Read Committed' WHEN 3 THEN 'Repeatable' WHEN 4 THEN 'Serializable' WHEN 5 THEN 'Snapshot' END ,ConnectionWrites = con.num_writes ,ConnectionReads = con.num_reads ,ClientAddress = con.client_net_address ,Authentication = con.auth_scheme ,DatetimeSnapshot = GETDATE() FROM sys.dm_exec_requests er LEFT JOIN sys.dm_exec_sessions ses ON ses.session_id = er.session_id LEFT JOIN sys.dm_exec_connections con ON con.session_id = ses.session_id OUTER APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(er.sql_handle) AS qt OUTER APPLY ( SELECT execution_count = MAX(cp.usecounts) FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans cp WHERE cp.plan_handle = er.plan_handle ) ec OUTER APPLY ( SELECT lead_blocker = 1 FROM master.dbo.sysprocesses sp WHERE sp.spid IN (SELECT blocked FROM master.dbo.sysprocesses) AND sp.blocked = 0 AND sp.spid = er.session_id ) lb WHERE er.sql_handle IS NOT NULL AND er.session_id != @@SPID ORDER BY er.blocking_session_id DESC, er.logical_reads + er.reads DESC, er.session_id

    My discoveries: Useful links and articles regarding Microsoft Data Plaform

    My discoveries: Useful links and articles regarding Microsoft Data Plaform

    My discoveries

    I always wanted to start a blog post with my discoveries on the internet.
    It’s often the case, and I hope you use it a lot, we are searching for information on a search engine. 2 months later (sometime less), we face the same issue!
    Excepted if you are pretty smart (which it seems to not be my case) in 80% of case you lost your beautiful and useful article.
    First of all, this is why I’m listing my discoveries, but in the meantime if I can provide you some useful information my goal will be reached!

    Power BI

    SQL Server

    SSAS Tabular

    List running queries – MDQ Query

    Kill a running query – XMLA Query

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    SSIS – Log Execution time

    SSIS – Log Execution time

    This query helps you to have a better view of your SSIS Packages executions. When you run a “master job / package”, you don’t clearly see the execution time for your child packages in SSISDB Reports. With this query, now it’s possible 🙂