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Toad for SQL Server 6.8 - Release Notes

Third Party Known Issues

The following is a list of third party issues known to exist at the time of this release.

Feature Known Issue Defect ID

In the following environment, Microsoft .Net Framework 4 installed on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, some users may experience that Toad unexpectedly closes while running certain Automation scripts. After the application closes, a "Toad has stopped working" message displays. You may also encounter this issue if you close Toad immediately after the successful execution of certain Automation scripts.


Install Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5.



If an Excel file is open in Toad, you cannot open the same file in a separate Excel instance. To review this and other limitations when using Excel in the Web Browser, see "Considerations When Using the WebBrowser Control" at:


Export Wizard/
One Click Export

To export to an Office 2003 or 2007 Excel instance, the Office Primary Interop Assemblies (PIAs) must be installed. You can install the PIAs from one of the following locations:  

2003 PIAs:    

2007 PIAs:  


Import Wizard Importing large data sets from Excel (approximately 650,000 rows) is not recommended because of the amount of time it may take. This issue occurs because the Excel import component maintains the output in memory until the import completes. This can cause performance issues depending on the available system resources. CR#219754
Screen Resolution

Some users may experience an exception when the screen is set to certain resolutions.


Adjust screen resolution.


System Requirements

Client Requirements

Before installing Toad for SQL Server, ensure that your client system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Requirement Details


2 GHz processor (recommended minimum)


4 GB of RAM minimum, 16 GB recommended

Note: The memory required may vary based on the following:

  • Applications that are running on your system when using Toad for SQL Server
  • Size and complexity of the database
  • Amount of database activity
  • Number of concurrent users accessing the database

Hard Disk Space

104 MB to run Toad for SQL Server

Note: The disk space required may vary based on the edition of Toad selected for installation.

Operating System

Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Windows Server® 2008 Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Windows Server® 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

Windows Server® 2012

Windows Server® 2012 R2

Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Windows® 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Windows® 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Windows® 10

Important: Toad uses the Microsoft® Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) when opening a SQL file to get Full-Text Search status, but DTC is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. If you are using either operating system, ensure that Network DTC access is enabled on the Toad client. See for more information about enabling DTC access.

.NET Framework

Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.5.1

Additional Requirements

Web Browser

Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later


Toad supports screen resolutions up to 3200 x 1800 and display DPI settings up to 150%

Copy/Move Database Wizard

The SQL Server Backward Compatibility package is required to use the Copy/Move Database wizard.

Log Reader

The Log Reader requires version 8.0 DLL files in the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package. If these files do not exist on the client, you will need to install them to use some functionality in the Log Reader.

Server Requirements

Before installing Toad, ensure that your server meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Requirement Details

Database Server

Limited support of SQL Server® 2000 (Service Pack 3 or later)

Note: The following features are not available:

  • Index Defragmentation
  • Storage Management
  • Performance Monitor
  • Spotlight Essentials Performance Analytics
  • Altering procedures, functions, views in the Editor
  • Version Control

SQL Server 2005 (Service Pack 2 or later) and SQL Server 2005 Express

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Express

SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 Express

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise and SQL Server 2014 Express

SQL Server 2016


  • SQL Server Compact Edition is not supported.
  • Storage Management is not available on SQL Server Express.

Cloud Database Service

SQL Azure

Note:  To be able to utilize a majority of Toad functionality, please grant VIEW DEFINITION on the SQL Azure databases you want to work with.

Virtualization Support

Requirement Details
Application Virtualization

Limited testing has been performed for Citrix® XenApp™ 5.0 on Windows Server 2003 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Limited testing has been performed for Citrix support on Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Server (Service Pack 2) using the MetaFrame Presentation Server 5.0 and Citrix Presentation Server Clients 10.2.

Desktop Virtualization (VDI)

Toad has been tested with vWorkspace™ 7.6 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit.

Note: Toad may work in virtualization environments other than the ones in which it was tested.

User Requirements

User Requirements to Install Toad

Only Windows Administrators and Power Users can install Toad.

If an Administrator installs Toad, the Administrator can share the Toad shortcut icon on the desktop and menu items with any user—a Power User, Restricted User, Vista standard user—on the computer.

If a Power User installs Toad, a Restricted User cannot do the following:

  • Associate file extensions.
  • View the Toad shortcut icon on the desktop or the Toad menu options in the Windows Start menu. As a workaround, Restricted Users can create a shortcut to Toad from the install directory and place the shortcut on their desktop.

User Requirements and Restrictions for Running Toad

The following describes the requirements and restrictions for users who launch and run Toad:

  • To create or modify the QuestSoftware.ToadSecurity table to enable Toad Security, the user who maintains this table must have privileges to create, insert, update, and delete it. All other users need only the ability to read the QuestSoftware.ToadSecurity table to use Toad Security features.

Product Licensing

The commercial version of Toad for SQL Server comes pre-installed with a trial license key for your convenience. This allows you to use the application while waiting for your commercial key to be delivered.

The trial license key remains active for the designated trial period, even after you enter your commercial license key (the splash screen may continue to indicate your application is a trial version). This is helpful if you are previewing an upgrade or an advanced module.

To enter a license key

  1. Select Help | Licensing from the menu (ALT+H+L).
  2. Review the following for additional information:

Authorization key

Enter the license key for Toad.

Site message

Enter the site message included with the license key.

Note: Your license key determines the edition of Toad (Freeware, Base, Xpert, etc.) and will enable the functionality accordingly. In many cases, if functionality is disabled within Toad, you may not have an appropriate license to use it.

Getting Started

Contents of the Release Package

The Toad release package contains the following products:

  1. Toad for SQL Server 6.8
  2. Product Documentation, including:
    • Installation Guide
    • Online Help
    • Release Notes

Upgrade and installation instructions

See "Toad for SQL Server Installation Guide" for more information.

Note: The Diagnostic Server is no longer used by Toad for SQL Server. If the Diagnostic Server was installed with a previous release of Toad for SQL Server then uninstall that program. Use Control Panel | Programs and Features | Uninstall or change a program and select to uninstall the Toad for SQL Server Diagnostic Server.

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