Standard Reports in SSMS 2008 R2

I am using SQL Server Management Studio (2008 R2) for quite some times and found the Standard Reports feature is very helpful. In case you have not tried it so far, there are various reports available when you install SQL Server and you can find a lot of information about your instances and databases from it. I use two reports most of time at work, Server Dashboard Report and Disk Usage Report. Connect to the SQL Server instance using SSMS, right-click on the server instance, go to Reports –> Standard Reports –> Server Dashboard.

1. Open Server Dashboard Report

This report gives you a lot of information about your SQL Server instance, like SQL Server Edition, Server Collation, Number of databases, Number of active transactions, to name a few.


However, the other information, which you might be interested in, is not displayed by default, Non-default Configuration Options. The non-default configuration options display the Server settings which are modified since the installation of the SQL instance. Most of the organization have followed certain configuration settings for their SQL Server environment, this report will help you to find out whether the required settings are applied for the given instance. As we can see from the above screenshot, the above configurations have been modified since the instance was installed.


Another report, which I find very useful, is the Disk Usage Report. To open the disk usage report, right-click on the database, select Reports –> Standard Reports –> Disk Usage. This report provides the information about the space used by the database, along with the space used by various data and log files, along with the percentage of space used by each files. In a shared environment, often you have to notify your customers about the disk space usage by their respective databases, this report will become handy in such scenarios. I used this report everyday in my current assignment, this saves a lot of time, while notifying my customers about their current disk space usage.


These reports save a lot of time for me at work. Hope, you may find it useful.

About Sudeepta Ganguly

A SQL Server User... Still Learning
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