About John Sansom

I’m a Microsoft Certified Master(MCM) of SQL Server. I’ve been working with database technology in a variety of flavors for over fifteen years. I absolutely love what I do and genuinely feel privileged to be a part of our tremendous technology community. Got a question about SQL Server or being a DBA? Ask me!


  1. I would like to add to the list SQL Everywhere by Atlantis Interactive – even its free edition is very helpful for both database developers and administrators. I liked the most the object search feature and the intellisense, code snippets support. The tool is very customizable, too.
    The link with features: http://www.atlantis-interactive.co.uk/products/sqleverywhere/featureshowcase.aspx

  2. Salazar Slytherine says:

    ssmstoolspack (SQL Server Managment Studio Tools Pack) is NOT free.

  3. SQL Hunting Dog is a free tool for SQL Server Management Studio. It adds quick search and smooth navigation to SSMS.

    It supports SSMS 2008 , 2008R2 and 2012.


  4. SQL negotiator pro at http://www.aphilen.com has a great graphical Sql viewer free which is great for students like myself. For larger business or corporate databases a licence is required

  5. Hi John,

    Have you tried the Spotlight Freemium Edition from Dell Software? It’s a free SQL Server Management Studio plug-in that provides key performance counter information and a heatmap to show the state of your SQL Server instances.
    What’s more you can take advantage of free health checks at http://www.SpotlightEssentials.com


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