SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an essential tool for SQL Server management. It allows for querying, managing databases, and performing various tasks. It is the most commonly used tool among DBAs.
One of the features that many users may not be aware of is the ability to change the colour of the query banner. This can be extremely useful when working with multiple servers and environments, as it allows you to visually distinguish between them.
In this blog post, we will explore how to change the colour of the query banner in SSMS and why it can be a useful feature.
Working with Multiple Servers and Environments
As a SQL Server administrator or developer, you may find yourself working with multiple servers and environments. For example, you may have a development server, a test server, and a production server. Each of these servers may have different databases, configurations, and data. Keeping track of which server you are working with can be challenging, especially when you are working with multiple servers at the same time.
One way to overcome this challenge is by using different colours for each server. This way, when you connect to a server, you can quickly and easily see which server you are working with.
Changing the Color of the Query Banner
To change the colour of the query banner in SSMS, follow these steps:
- Connect to a SQL Server instance within SSMS.
2. Click on “Options”
3. Within the “Connection Properties” tab, check the box to use custom colours and select your preference.
4. Open a new query window to view the change.
Now, when you connect to a server, the query banner will be displayed in the colour you have chosen. This makes it easy to identify which server you are working with at a glance.