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hello,

what are some good db managements tools that are available? I installed Toad from Quest and the Red Gate's toolbelt but I haven't play with them yet. I would like to know what is the most useful tool to invest time in.

Thanks.



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Msg 6522, Level 16, State 1, Procedure spFindCityCounty, Line 0

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