SQL Server Objects – Object Explorer

All Microsoft SQL Server components can be configured, managed, and administered using SQL Server Management Studio, a software that was initially released with Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

All of the components that are available in your SQL Server are visible in the hierarchy in the object explorer once you have logged into your local computer or a server. The Object Explorer should launch as soon as you launch SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). If not, try pressing the shortcut key F8 OR choose View > Object Explorer from the options.

After extending each item group, the image below shows all the components.


Group objects are-

  • Databases
  • Security
  • Server Objects
  • Replication
  • PolyBase
  • AlwaysOn High Availability
  • Management
  • Integration Services Catalogs
  • SQL Server Agent

To view the contents of the group objects mentioned above, you must expand them.

Here, a list of both system and user-created databases is shown. You can create a new database by right-clicking on it if there are none already. In the event that the databases already exist, you can expand them to see the database objects, such as Tables (Columns, Keys, Constraints, Triggers, Indexes, Statistics), Views, Storage, and Programmability (Procedures and Functions). The security at the database level is also visible.


Once you expand the Table:

When you open Security in the object explorer, you’ll notice the logins, server roles, credentials, cryptographic providers, audits, and server audit specifications. These are used to supply login information so that clients can connect to the server, create roles, or assign logins to roles, among other things.


Server Objects:

When you expand the Server Objects in the explorer, you’ll see Backup devices, End Points, Linked Servers, and Triggers. These are used to construct linked servers as well as the backup destination location or backup device.



If there is any replication configured, it will be displayed here. You can establish a replication using the wizard.


Without the need to install additional client connection software, PolyBase enables your SQL Server instance to query data with T-SQL straight from SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, MongoDB, Hadoop clusters, Cosmos DB, and S3-compatible object storage.


AlwaysOn High Availability:

The management and monitoring of existing “Always On availability groups,” “availability replicas,” and “availability databases” is done here. If no “Availability Group” has been established, you can create one by performing a right-click and choosing “New Availability Group Wizard” or “New Availability Group”.


The Google image below shows how “Always On objects” are displayed after they are created.


The objects of Management can be used to create and manage the policies as well as manage various aspects of data collection, including enabling or disabling data collection, changing a collection set configuration, viewing data in the management data warehouse, creating or managing maintenance plans, configuring database mails for alerting purposes, etc.


Integration Services Catalogs:
The SSISDB catalog is the central point for working with Integration Services (SSIS) projects that you’ve deployed to the Integration Services server

SQL Server Agent:
You can schedule and automate database and server management activities with SQL Server Agent, a crucial part of SQL Server. The future articles will discuss SQL Server Agent in depth.

Hope you find this article informative.

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