Administer multiple servers using Central Management Servers

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server noAzure SQL Database noAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) noParallel Data Warehouse

You can administer multiple servers by designating Central Management Servers and creating server groups.

What is a Central Management Server and server groups?

An instance of SQL Server designated as a Central Management Server maintains server groups that contain the connection information for one or more instances. You can execute Transact-SQL statements and Policy-Based Management policies at the same time against server groups. You can also view the log files on instances managed through a Central Management Server.

Basically, a Central Management Server is a central repository containing a list of your managed servers. Versions earlier than SQL Server 2008 cannot be designated as a Central Management Server.

Transact-SQL statements can also be executed against local server groups in Registered Servers.

Create Central Management Server and server groups

To create a Central Management Server and server groups, use the Registered Servers window in SQL Server Management Studio. Note that the Central Management Server cannot be a member of a group that it maintains.

For how to create Central Management Servers and server groups, see Create a Central Management Server and Server Group (SQL Server Management Studio).

See also

Administer Servers by Using Policy-Based Management