Saturday, August 18, 2012

SQL Server Splash Screen Timeline

When SQL Server 2005 was released in 2005, Microsoft replaced SQL Server Enterprise Manager with Management Studio and its splash screen.  Not a big deal and in fact some people do not like the splash screen because it slows down the launch of Management Studio a bit.  To me it serves as a confirmation that I have double clicked the Management Studio properly and it is in the process of launching Management Studio.

I like to look at the design of splash screen (of course when nothing bad is happening).  As I was installing SQL Server 2012 recently, I decided to do up a splash screen timeline for SQL Server.  Here you go.

SQL Server Splash Screen Timeline

By the way, if you decided to skip the splash screen, use the –nosplash switch to launch Management Studio.

SQL Server 2005
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Binn\VSShell\Common7\IDE\SqlWb.exe" -nosplash

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\VSShell\Common7\IDE\Ssms.exe" -nosplash

SQL Server 2012
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio\ssms.exe" -nosplash

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