How to Get Started with SQL Server Management Studio

In the big picture, you need to:

Download the free Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and install it, accepting the defaults Connect to your SQL Server Create a low-privileged login so that you don’t accidentally drop objects Learn to switch back & forth between the low-privileged account and your regular one

Let’s get started!

1. Download and install SSMS (but not on the server itself)

The first step is really easy: go here to get the latest version of SSMS and install it. If you already have a version of SSMS, the installer will automatically update it to the latest