Sql Server Management Studio download and Install

How to Install and download Sql Server Management Studio

Sql Server database is divided in two.

  • A physical part composed of database and log files
  • A logical part divided in Database Structures, tables, etc.

The physical database files is located in a directory into the computer where you installed Sql Server.

On the other hand if you want to have access to the logical part of your database you need some tools called Database Management Systems (DBMS); One of those tools that belong to Microsoft is Sql Server Management Studio (SSMS).

Sql Server Management Studio gives you the possibility to access your database, it gives you the ability to administer and execute queries at your database. SSMS gives you a great variety of tools to improve your data analytics and management.

Some benefits of using SSMS are:

  • You can create, delete or modify a database on a graphical interface,
  • You can modify, add or delete rows
  • Configuring some parameter of your database without writing a single query. For example you can Import databases from Csv, txt or Excel files into Tables.

SSMS has a lot of functionalities that you will discover according to your needs. By using this tool, you can connect to different servers with different versions of SQL SERVER (2008, 2012, 2016, etc.) and execute queries on different Databases. This tool is mandatory when developing and optimizing queries.

Sql Server Management Studio is not installed by default when installing Sql Server. If you want to access to database from other computer that is not the host, you can download Sql Server Management Studio from the following link.

Download last Sql Server Management Studio version


After you download SSMS from official Microsoft Website, install is easy all you have to do is to run installer and then click on “Install”.

On Location part try not to change it, default location is always the best option.

And then wait a few minutes to complete installation process.

A) Sql Server local connection

If your Sql Server is installed in the same computer where your SSMS is located, login is easy. All you have to do is to choose the authentication mode that you configure during Sql Server installation.

You can logging multiple services using SSMS, if you want to logging into your database engine pick “Database Engine” on “Server type”.

If you installed Sql server on your local computer, your Server name is your IP Address (This can be obtained by typing ipconfig on Command Prompt console), or “localhost” to establish your local connection, followed by instance name (If you installed Sql server).

Your Sql Server Instance name would depend on your SQL installation.

  • Default Instance. You connect to this instance by using only server name (ex. localhost or Sql server IP )
  • Named Instance. You can connect to this instance by using [ServerName]\[Instance Name] (ex localhost\SQLEXPRESS)

If you use “Sql Server Authentication” you will have to introduce your logging Credentials (Superadmin user is “sa” and use the password established during installation).

In case you are using Windows Authentication, Sql Server validates the user and password using Windows credentials of the current Windows user using the computer to connect using SSMS. This means that Windows confirms the user and not Sql Server.

B) Remote Sql Server connection

Use the following methods to check if remote Sql Server connection is possible:

  • Try to login with SSMS and see if it fails.
  • Check if port 1433 (Default Sql Server port) from Sql Server Host is reachable from your computer (Telnet).

You will have to wait a little until files are installed and configured on your computer. After finishing the installation process telnet will be ready to use.


You can check if port is enabled for your computer using telnet on windows “command prompt”

  1. First check if your telnet is working on cmd by typing “telnet” on cmd
  2. After checking that telnet is available type on your Command Prompt. Telnet “SqlServerHostIP” 1433
  3. In this example  “” is our host IP, 1433 is Sql default port (If you change it during installation change this number to the one you set). If telnet connection success, you are going to see an empty cmd windows executing. if not you are going to receive the following message.

If telnet is working for port 1433(Sql Server default connection port) that means that remote Sql Server is reachable, it is 100% sure that you will be able to connect

In case IP port 1433 is not reachable you will have to check your network connections and check if there is no firewall or other security configuration blocking your connection. If you receive Connect Failed message you should check your net connection with sql server host, check your firewall or check if Sql server is enabling remote connections.

If your telnet is not available in your computer follow the next steps

  • Go to Start > Control Panel.
  • Go to Programs and Features.
  • Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  • In the Windows Features dialog box, check the Telnet Client check box.

If you already installed SSMS and you are interested in enabling SSMS Dark Mode click on the following link:  SSMS Dark Theme

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