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SQL Server - Clear list of server names on SQL Server Management Studio

22 October,2012 by Jack Vamvas

Sometimes there is a requirement to clear down the Server Name items on the SQL Server Management Studio Connect to Server GUI. 

 The method used is slightly different for versions of SQL Server Management Studio. These are undocumented processes and there is guarantee they are available in future versions. It’s unclear what other data is deleted.


 How to clear the list

Shut down all SSMS instances on the server
Delete/Rename the file


For SQL 2005, delete the file:

C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\mru.dat

For SQL 2008, the file location, format and name changed:

C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Shell\SqlStudio.bin

For Windows 7, it's in the following:

SQL 2005:
C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\mru.dat

SQL 2008:
C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Shell\SqlStudio.bin

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