Choose the right tool to manage SQL Server on Linux

There are several ways to manage SQL Server vNext CTP 2.0 on Linux. The following section provide a quick overview of different management tools and techniques with pointers to more resources.


The mssql-conf tool configures SQL Server on Linux. For more information, see Configure SQL Server on Linux with mssql-conf.


Almost everything you can do in a client tool can also be accomplished with Transact-SQL statements. SQL Server provides Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) that query the status and configuration of SQL Server. There are also Transact-SQL commands for database management tasks. You can run these commands in any client tool that supports connecting to SQL Server and running Transact-SQL queries. Examples include sqlcmd, Visual Studio Code, and SQL Server Management Studio.

SQL Server Management Studio on Windows

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is a Windows application that provides a graphical user interface for managing SQL Server. Although it currently runs only on Windows, you can use it to remotely connect to your Linux SQL Server instances. For more information on using SSMS to manage SQL Server, see Use SSMS to Manage SQL Server on Linux.


PowerShell provides a rich command-line environment to manage SQL Server on Linux. For more information, see Use PowerShell to Manage SQL Server on Linux.

Next steps

For more information on how to get started using SQL Server on Linux, see Get started with SQL Server on Linux.