SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) – v19 – Installation


A fortnight or so ago, I upgraded the Microsoft sql server instance on my development instance from v2019 to v2022.

As v2022 is not yet generally released, I went with a release candidate.


SQL Server Management Studio ( SSMS )


In June 2015, Microsoft announced through a blog posting that it will disassociate the release cycle of SQL Server Management Studio, a client product, from the base engine.

That Blog Post is here:-

Announcing SQL Server Management Studio – June 2015 Release


The implication of Microsoft’s decision are:-

  1. SSMS will no longer be bundled with SQL Server Engine installation package
  2. One has to intentionally search out SSMS
    • Once it is found
    • Download
    • Install



SQL Server Management Studio v19 is not yet generally released.

And, so went with a preview version, as well.



The installation artifacts are available @ https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/download-sql-server-management-studio-ssms-19?view=sql-server-ver16 ( Link ).



Installation went well.

The only install choice is to choose the target folder to place the application binaries.



Image – Welcome

Image – Installing

Image – Setup Completed



  1. Side By Side Install
    • You get to keep earlier SQL Server Management Studio installs
    • And, so if you do not like certain things with SSMS v19, please continue to use earlier versions
  2. Building Blocks
    • Visual Studio 2017 Isolated Shell
  3. Customization
    • When first used, you will be asked whether you want to import pre-existing customizations from earlier SSMS Versions
    • Importing will quicken your path towards usage



Thankfully, the installation went forth without a hitch.

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