Tutorials for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server yesAzure SQL Database yesAzure SQL Data Warehouse yesParallel Data Warehouse

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) tutorials introduce you to the integrated environment for managing your SQL Server infrastructure. SQL Server Management Studio presents a graphical interface for configuring, monitoring, and administering Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database managed instance, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and 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

These tutorials 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. These tutorials will familiarize you with the various features available within SSMS. These tutorials will teach you how to manage the components of SSMS and how to find the features that you use regularly.

Here is what the tutorials cover:

  • Tutorial: Connect & Query SQL Server using SSMS

    In this Tutorial, you learn how to connect to your SQL Server instance. You will also learn some basic Transact-SQL (T-SQL) commands to create and then query a new database.

  • Tutorial: Scripting Objects in SSMS

    In this Tutorial, you learn how to script out various objects in SSMS, including databases and queries.

  • Tutorial: Using Templates in SSMS

    In this Tutorial, you learn how to work with the pre-built Templates within SSMS. The templates are a little-known feature that stores a number of Transact-SQL code snippets for various database administration tasks.

  • Tutorial: SSMS Configuration

    In this Tutorial, you learn the basics of configuring your SSMS environment, such as the changing the environmental layout. This Tutorial also explains what the different SSMS components are.

  • Tutorial: Additional Tips and Tricks for using SSMS

    In this Tutorial, you learn additional tips and tricks for using SSMS. The Tutorial includes the following:

    • Commenting and uncommenting text
    • Indenting text
    • Filtering Objects in Object Explorer
    • Accessing your SQL Server error log
    • Finding the name of your instance


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:

The first section walks you through creating a database but other sample databases can be found here: AdventureWorks Sample Databases. Instructions for restoring databases in SSMS can be found here: Restoring a Database.

See Also

Database Engine Tutorials