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How to install SQL Server Management Studio 2012 on Windows Server 2012

Installing SQL Server Management Studio 2012

This tutorial will help you install SQL Server Management Studio 2012 (SSMS) on your Windows server. By following these 11 easy steps, you’ll be ready to use SSMS in no time.

  1. First, log in to your windows server with administrator user.
  2. Download the setup for SQL Server Management Studio depending on your server type (x64, x86).
  3. Once you download the setup file , double click on it in order to start the installation.

    Window showing the file extraction progress bar

  4. The setup will start with primary installation screen of SQL Server , click on New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation.

    SQL Server Installation Center window with "New SQL Server installation" highlighted

  5. On the next screen, you will see that SQL setup is checking for the product update. Let the process finish. If there are updates the screen will show them. Otherwise, once checking is complete, click Next.

    Window showing SQL Server 2012 updates progress bar

  6. On the next screen the setup will prepare for the installation.

    Window showing SQL Server 2012 setup files installation progress bar

  7. On the next screen, select the SQL server instance that’s installed on the server. Select the option to Add features to an existing instance of SQL server 2012. The installation will take the default SQL server instance that is already installed on the server so no need to make any changes with it. Click on Next.

    Window highlighting the SQLEXPRESS installation option

  8. On the feature selection screen, select all the available options under Features window and then click on Next.

    Window showing available feature options with Management Tools and LocalDB highlighted

  9. The next screen gives you options for error reporting . You can either enable the option to send error reports to Microsoft or leave it default. When you’re finished, click Next.

    Error Reporting options on SQL Server Management Studio 2012

  10. On the next screen you can see that the setup has started the installation. Wait till the installation completes.

    SQL Server Management Studio 2012 Installation Progress bar

  11. Success! When you’re installation has completed, you’ll be taken to the completion screen where you’ll see the status of the features you’ve installed.

    SQL Server 2012 Completion screen with Management Tools and LocalDB highlighted

And now you’ve successfully installed SQL Server Management Studio 2012!


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