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How to fix Microsoft SQL Server Error 916

SQL is developed by Microsoft which is a relational database management system. The problem occurs while connecting to the SQL server management studio with a limited number of permissions this leads to the SQL Server Error 916.

Our technical team support will fix the SQL Server Error 916 on your behalf under our server management plan. You can also take assistance from our technical team support 24/7 for fixing the error or any sort of installation and migration.

Reason to cause the error.

These are the few reasons to cause the error.

If the user tries to view the column data in a selected header that has limited permission.

When the database will be in offline mode.

The collation with different databases which are in the same instance might be one reason that SQL server management studio is unable to retrieve the collation.

The database is configured to an auto-closed state.

Sometimes the database may get corrupt due to some malware, improper shutdown, or when the database goes in suspect mode.

Methods to fix the error.

Two methods are used to fix the error.

1. Via SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

2. With the help of T-SQL

Steps for Fixing the error 916 via SSMS

By using the SSMS tries to connect the SQL server instance which has the valid credentials.

Go to >> Object Explorer Details followed by the View Menu or press F7 for the same.

Later, open the Databases folder.

4. Then move towards the object explorer and right-click to open the column header.

5. After that, right-click on the column header and uncheck all of the optional columns.

6. Finally, click the refresh button.

Now you will be able to see the database.

Method 2: TSQL Query

Connect the database through the transact-SQL. Grant the login access.

We can use the following syntax:

USE msdb;



TO fix this error you can try either following methods.

Disabling Collation

Under the view section >> select the object explorer details that are within the SSMS.

Right-click and select >> column header >>deselect collation.

Finally, refresh the server and the operating database.

Disabling the Auto Close setting of the database

Check the Auto close setting of the database, which need to set as false and then proceed.


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