Useful Tools

As I mentioned in one of my last blog posts, every DBA need the right tool for the job. So from now on, if I find a useful tool, I will add it to this list. If you have any tools I need to add to my list, let me know!

Development environment
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for SQL Server 2012

SSMS add-ins
SSMS Toolspack (paid if you use SSMS 2012 or higher)
SSMS Boost
Red Gate’s SQL Search
Red Gate’s SQL Prompt (paid, but free trial available)

Code formatting
Red Gate’s Format SQL

Performance Tuning
SQL Sentry Plan Explorer
Statistics IO Parser

Server Health
sp_Blitz (script)
sp_WhoIsActive (script)
SQLCop (tool)

Monitoring tools
SQL Monitor (paid, but free trial available)
SQLjobvis (mirror)

Modelling tools

Spatial data
FME Desktop (a.k.a. FME Workbench)

Server administration
Royal TS
Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection Manager
Red Gate’s SQL Compare

Server Maintenance
Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution

Report Builder 3.0
Reporting Services Scripter (mirror)

Analysis Services Activity Viewer

SQL Power Doc

Notepad++ Compare
SequoiaView (mirror)
ScreenToGif (mirror)
HxD – Hex Editor

Change list:
2013-05-07 Initial List
2013-05-08 Added: ExportSQLDeadlockGraphs, SQLPowerDoc
2013-06-26 Added: Maintenance Solution, SSAS Activity Viewer, Statistics IO Parser
2013-09-25 Added: RDCM, Notepad++, N++ Compare, RG Format SQL / SQL Search / SQL Prompt, SequoiaView, ZoomIt
2014-03-06 Added: RG SQL Compare
2015-10-26 Added: ScreenToGif
2016-01-07 Added: HxD

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