Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions) Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure Synapse Analytics Analytics Platform System (PDW)
Registering a server in SQL Server Management Studio allows you to store the server connection information for future connections.There are three ways to register a server in SQL Server Management Studio.
Local instances of SQL Server are automatically registered during the first launch of Management Studio after its installation.
You can also initiate the automatic registration process at any time, to restore the registration of local server instances.
Lastly, you can register a server using the Registered Servers tool in SQL Server Management Studio.
Benefits of Registered Servers
With Registered Servers you can:
Register servers to preserve the connection information.
Determine if a registered server is running.
Easily connect Object Explorer and Query Editor to a registered server.
Edit or delete the registration information for a registered server.
Create groups of servers.
Provide user-friendly names for registered servers by providing a value in the Registered server name box that is different from the Server name list.
Provide detailed descriptions for registered servers.
Provide detailed descriptions of registered server groups.
Export registered server groups.
Import registered server groups.
View the SQL Server log files for online or offline instances of SQL Server.
Use the following topics to get started with registered servers: