Tutorial: SQL Server Management Studio

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The SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) tutorial introduces you to the integrated environment for managing your SQL Server infrastructure. SQL Server Management Studio presents a graphical interface for configuring, monitoring, and administering instances of SQL Server. It also allows you to deploy, monitor, and upgrade the data-tier components used by your applications, such as databases. SQL Server Management Studio also provides Transact-SQL, MDX, DMX, and XML language editors for editing and debugging scripts.

What You Will Learn

This tutorial will help you understand the presentation of information in SSMS and how to take advantage of its features.

The best way to get acquainted with SSMS is through hands-on practice. This tutorial will teach you how to manage the components of SSMS and how to find the features that you use regularly.

This tutorial is divided into three lessons:

Lesson 1: Basic Navigation in SQL Server Management Studio
In this lesson you will learn how to use the components of Management Studio, how to reconfigure the environment layout, and how to restore the default layout.

Lesson 2: Writing Transact-SQL
In this lesson, you will learn how to open Query Editor, how to manage code, and how to use other features of Query Editor.

Lesson 3: Working with Templates, Solutions, and Script Projects
In this lesson you will learn how to use templates, and organize scripts into solutions and projects.


This tutorial is intended for experienced database administrators and database developers who are not familiar with Visual Studio, but who are familiar with database concepts and Transact-SQL.

You must have the following installed to use this tutorial:

  • Install the latest version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
  • SQL Server 2016 or a later version with the AdventureWorks sample database. To install the AdventureWorks sample database, see AdventureWorks2014 and install the AdventureWorks2014 (OLTP) database.

See Also

Database Engine Tutorials