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Where can I find SQL Server Management Studio for SQL Server 2016?

After the successfully installation of SQL Server 2016, I have realized that SQL Server Management Studio 2016 (SSMS) is missing. In this tip we will discuss how to download and install SQL Server Management Studio for SQL Server 2016.

How to Install SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2016

Starting SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has separated the installation of SQL Server 2016 Management Studio (SSMS) from the standard SQL Server Installation Process. The new version of SSMS 2016 can be used to connect from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2016 including Azure SQL Database. Most importantly, the new version can be installed side by side with any older version of SSMS

One can install SSMS 2016 from SQL Server Installation Center of SQL Server 2016 by clicking “Install SQL Server Management Tools” under Installation screen as shown in the snippet below.

How to Install SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2016
How to Install SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2016

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When you click Install SQL Server Management Tools in SQL Server Installation Centre it will take you to Download Center. You can also download SQL Server Management Studio for SQL Server 2016 directly from “Download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)“. The download file size for SSMS 2016 is 825 MB. Click the Install button to complete the installation of SQL Server 2016 Management Studio (SSMS 2016).

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2016

The SQL Server Management Studio installation will install the .NET Framework 4.6.1 as well as the Visual Studio 2015 Shell (Isolated) components. After the successful installation of SSMS 2016 you will be prompted to reboot the system to complete the installation.

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We recommend you to Download and Restore WideWorldImporters Sample Database to play around with the data and to learn more about New T-SQL Enhancements in SQL Server 2016.

Ashish Mehta

Ashish Mehta

Ashish Kumar Mehta is a database manager, trainer and technical author. He has more than a decade of IT experience in database administration, performance tuning, database development and technical training on Microsoft SQL Server from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014. Ashish has authored more than 325 technical articles on SQL Server across leading SQL Server technology portals. Over the last few years, he has also developed and delivered many successful projects in database infrastructure; data warehouse and business intelligence; database migration; and upgrade projects for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Cognizant and Centrica PLC, UK. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and industry standard certifications from Microsoft including MCITP Database Administrator 2005/2008, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

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