Accessing SQL 2008 Instances from SSMS 2005

Im a bit old skool in that i prefer to use the activity monitor in SSMS 2005 as oppose to the activity monitor in Resource Manager in 2008. I noticed the other day that this was made possible a while back in Cumulative update 5 of SP2 on 2005. (9.00.3215)

This related to BUG number 50002151, KB article 946127
FIX: You may experience problems when you use SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2005 to connect to an instance of SQL Server 2008

I think caution has to be used in using old clients to manage newer releases but it serves a purpose for my activity monitor issue.

One of the good features that you would miss out on by using the above method is that SSMS 2008 has IntelliSense, but only when you connect to a SQL 2008 server. If you connect to a 2005 server, you don’t get IntelliSense.


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