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Providing Feedback for SQL Server 2014

Microsoft appreciates you taking the time to help us improver our SQL Server products and documentation. You can provide suggestions and bug reports about the product features and user interface, submit documentation feedback, and opt to send error reports and usage data automatically to Microsoft for analysis. Each of these three feedback options is described here.

Use the SQL Server feedback page on Microsoft Connect to send suggestions and bug reports about SQL Server features. This includes features such as the tools and utilities, languages, and programming interfaces.

You can find the Microsoft Connect SQL Server feedback page in many ways.

  • Go to the Microsoft Connect SQL Server feedback Web page.

  • On the Help toolbar of the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), click the Send Feedback button, or select the Community/Send Feedback command.

  • On the Help toolbar of the SQL Server Management Studio, Click the Send Feedback button.

  • At the top of any topic in SQL Server Books Online, click the Send Feedback button.

The Help toolbar does not appear in the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) or the SQL Server Management Studio until you either:

  • Access Help from the utility.

  • Select the Help check box on the Toolbars tab of the Tools/Customize… command.

You can enable features to automatically report errors and to send data about how you use SQL Server software and services. Microsoft uses this information to improve SQL Server. All the data is confidential.

Managing Automatic Usage Reporting

Automatic usage reporting enables you to decide whether to collect and send data to Microsoft. SQL Server uses two pipelines to report usage data. Both pipelines report similar data but the data for different programs and are turned on or off separately. Turning a pipeline on or off using any one of the programs also stops or starts data collection from the other programs that share the same pipeline.

  • One pipeline is used to report usage data for all SQL Server, except for Books Online and some of the Microsoft Visual Studio-based user interface elements in the SQL Server tools. After setup, you can also turn off (or turn on) this pipeline. To do this, in the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), open a SQL Server-based project and then, from the Help menu, select Customer Feedback Options. This command will not appear until you have opened a SQL Server-based project.

  • The other pipeline is used for SQL Server Books Online, the Visual Studio-based user interface elements of the SQL Server tools, and Visual Studio. After setup, you can also turn off (or turn on) this pipeline. To do this, in the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), open a SQL Server-based project and then, from the Help menu, select Customer Feedback Options. This command will not appear until you have opened a SQL Server-based project.

By opting to enable usage reporting for SQL Server Books Online, you help the team develop better documentation. The aggregate data we receive helps us learn what customers need. We learn how they move between topics, how often they view particular topics, and which topics they consider to be the most useful and the least useful.

Your feedback enables us to understand how you use the documentation. This helps us allocate our writing resources to the most important topics and design future documentation systems for SQL Server. This usage information from Books Online also helps us identify the features for which customers frequently seek help. This indicates areas that might need usability improvements.

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