Azure Data Studio – Server Management

Let’s look at how you can connect to your servers and group them up using Azure Data Studio. 

You’ll see down the left navigation bar. The icon we care about is at the top and will take you to the servers area of the app.

You may as well jump in and connect a server to see what it’s like.

You’ll be given a connection popup. Assuming you can connect using Windows credentials then you’ll just need to put the name of your instance in the server box.

You’ll see the connection appear in your server list. Have a click around, you can see the databases, security and database objects, you’ll be used to these from SSMS.

You’ll be able to connect to all of your servers here, just add them one at a time.

Once you’ve added a few you will probably notice you’ll want to start organising them into folders. Go ahead and add a new server group.

You get to choose a name for the group as well as a description that pops up like a tooltip. You also get to choose a funky colour for it too

Personally, I’ve separated out Live from Dev from QA but do whatever is best in your environment.

If you have instances stacked on the same box then you can create subfolders for these. Just drag and drop folders within folders and instances in those folders.

Look at that, all pretty and organised.

Azure Data Studio Themes

This is one of the features of Azure Data Studio that is great for accessibility as well as just being cool.

The default theme is your basic light theme. It’s fine but this isn’t the only theme you have to use.

Use Ctrl+k Ctrl+t to open the theme options.

Have a click through and see how they look when you’re editing code. It’s a case of choosing something that suits your style. My preference is the default dark theme but go nuts and choose one you like.

Oh, and if you’re a sadist, check out the Red theme



Code Snippets in Azure Data Studio

Azure Data Studio has a feature called Code Snippets which allow you to quickly create all of those commands that you forget the syntax for all the time.

Crack open a new query window and type in ‘sql’, you’ll see all of the default templates




Choose any to look at and you’ll see a template with fields for you to change. sqlAddColumn looks like this

It gives you the fields to replace with your own query along with comments explaining what each section is for. Really handy.

It even has complicated stuff like cursors off the bat

Tell me you’d remember the syntax for a cursor without looking it up, I certainly wouldn’t.

A great thing about these snippets is that you can add your own and they can be exactly how you want them.

To get started with this open the Command Pallet with Ctrl+Shift+P and type in ‘snippets’.

Scroll down and find the SQL option. Open it and it will bring you to the SQL.json file in which we’ll be storing our SQL Snippets.

Here’s an example of where to start.

Paste this into your file. Close the sql.json file and save your results then open a new query window (Ctrl+N). Type in ‘sql’ and you’ll see the two new snippets that you created

And there you go, you’ve got custom snippets waiting for you. You can go ahead and create whatever you’d like in whatever format you like.

These snippets are based on Visual Studio Code, for the official documentation head here.

Happy snipping!